Did you know that around 5 million existing homes were sold in 2019? If you’re going to be contributing to that number for this calendar year, you need to ensure that you purchase the right home for you and your family.
Thankfully, as long as you know a few basic realty tips and tricks, you can find the right home for you with ease.
In this article, we’ll give you 7 of those tips and tricks that you can use to help secure your dream home. We’ll also tell you a few common issues to look out for, including some that you might not have thought of before. That way you can avoid buying a house that becomes a money pit down the line.
1. Noticeable Structural Damage
If you’re buying a home and getting an inspection done, the worst news that you can get back is that the home in question has structural damage. Simply put, it’s never a good idea to buy a home with structural damage, as the repair prices can add up rather quickly.
The good news? A quality inspector will be able to find structural damage without much hassle. So, if a home passes an inspection with no red flags regarding the structure of the home, you can feel good about your investment.
2. Signs of Drainage Issues
Even though a home may not have structural damage, there are a few things to look out for that can cause that type of damage to develop down the line. Signs of bad drainage, for example, can lead to tons of problems years from now, one of which is structural damage.
Again, an inspector will be able to look at a home, and the areas surrounding it, and determine if it has drainage issues or not. If it does, we don’t recommend making an offer on that home unless the current owner agrees to fix those issues before the sale is complete.
3. Signs of Pests
The last thing you want to do is buy a new home, and move in, only to find out that there are bug issues that you need to deal with. So, if a home inspection shows signs of pests, or has any noticeable bug damage, you’re going to want to move on to another house that does not have those problems.
A pro tip? Ask to see documents proving that the current homeowner has kept up with their pest control over the past few years. That way you can confirm that they’ve taken pest control seriously, and thus, won’t leave you with a home that has bugs.
4. The Smell of Deodorizers
Have you ever down a walkthrough at a home and noticed how smelly it was? More specifically, have you ever went to check out a home and could tell that the current owner was using a ton of deodorizers to hide something?
This is a red flag that you and your professional realtor need to be aware of. Because odds are, the current homeowner is indeed trying to hide something. And that kind of dishonesty isn’t something you want to have to worry about when making negotiating a purchase of this size with a seller.
5. A Noticeable Lack of Maintenance
It’s not hard to look at a home and tell if the current owner has done a good job of taking care of it or not. If you notice signs of lack of maintenance, either in the home or outside in the yard, you need to keep that in mind when deciding on whether or not to make an offer.
While a lack of maintenance isn’t a sure sign that there will be serious issues, it does tell you that the home wasn’t taken care of well as it should have been. This is something you, the potential new homeowner, need to be aware of to ensure you make the right purchase for you and your family.
6. Dark Stains on the Ceiling
This next one can be tricky, as it’s easy for homeowners to cover up and hide from potential buyers. But if you do walk into a home, and notice dark stains on the ceiling, you need to make sure you figure out why those stains are there before making an offer.
If a home has an attic, make sure your inspector checks around for water-damaged boards. This could be a sign that a roof has a leak, which of course is something you want to know about before you decide to make an offer or not.
7. Too Many “For Sale” Signs Nearby
As you’re driving up to a home for a walkthrough, pay attention to all of the homes that surround and look for any worrisome signs. Also, look to see how many other “for sale” signs there are, as too many could be a literal sign for concern.
Why could too many “for sale” signs nearby be a problem? Well, if a lot of people are leaving the area, there’s most likely a reason. Perhaps it’s a crime problem, or a few bad neighbors, that has everyone wanting to relocate.
Whatever it is, you don’t want to have to deal with it, and thus, should probably move on to a new house altogether.
Looking for More Realty Tips and Tricks?
Remember, if you’re looking to buy a home, investing in the help of a realty company and getting inspections done are an absolute must. Failure to do so could lead to you being unhappy with your purchase down the line, which of course isn’t what you want.
Looking for more real estate advice? Check back with our blog often, as we’re constantly talking about home buying tips and tricks.