Warning Signs to Look For Before Buying a Home

Better safe than sorry

By Lolly Spindler of HouseHunt.com.

It’s important to know everything you can about a house before you buy, but what if you have an untrained eye? Although you will need to hire a professional home inspector before moving forward with a purchase, there are some things you can check out yourself before determining if you want to seriously consider buying a home.

 

The following mini-inspection should be performed during a private home tour, not during an open house. Only once you’ve done your first walk-through and decided that this house is in the running should you start checking for potential problems.

 

 

 

Scope out the neighbors when buying a home

 

 

 

 

If the home in questioning passes your initial inspection, feel free to move forward with the buying process. Remember, after an offer is mutually accepted, the inspection period usually lasts seven to 15 days. This is when you’ll want an accredited home inspector to formally inspect the property.

 

Furthermore, although sellers are legally obligated to disclose known problems with a house, some issues fall into a grey area. Here’s an additional list of things to look out for before getting serious about making an offer.

 

 

Hopefully you’ll be working with an honest seller who is well-guided, informed, and discloses all known issues with the property. However, it’s always better to be safe than sorry, so do your homework!

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]https://imagineyourhouse.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Lolly-Spindler.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]This is a guest post by Lolly Spindler, a writer with HouseHunt.com where she writes about the Real Estate world for both consumers and agents. [/author_info] [/author]

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