Are you thinking about buying a house? Are you confused about exactly what you should be looking for when you go house-hunting? Buying new real estate can be a big step for anyone. But if you don't know what to look for then the process can seem more difficult and stressful than it should. In order to help you locate the perfect house for you, here are a few tips to help you get started:
Try to gauge the age of the paint: A home that has cracked, chipped, or peeling paint is extremely likely to have been neglected in other areas as well. If you purchase real estate that has been neglected like this, you should be prepared to pay a significant amount of money to fix or replace various things in the home. On the other hand, you may also want to avoid paint that is too new. If the whole house was repainted shortly before it was put on the market, that could indicate that the homeowners did so in an attempt to distract you from or conceal other shortcomings. The best way to find out would be to have the home thoroughly checked out by a professional.
Smell everything: Even if the house looks nice, smells can sometimes tell you more than your eyes can. For example, if you look under the kitchen cupboard and it smells musty or mildew-y, this can be a sign of a chronic leak that the homeowners have been unwilling or unable to get fixed. The smell of sewer gasses in the bathroom is an indication that there is a clog in the sewer line somewhere that will need to be remedied as soon as possible. In general, when touring various real estate offerings, anything that smells "off" or "wrong" should be checked out by a professional so that you can determine if this is something you want to deal with in the future.
Meet the neighbors: Although it may seem a little weird to go knocking on the door of a complete stranger if you aren't even sure if you'll be buying the house, this can be an extremely important step. Remember that if you do decide to purchase the real estate that you've been looking at, you'll have to live next door to these people potentially for the rest of your life. If someone greets you with cursing for simply knocking on the door, that's probably someone that you don't want to live next to. People who don't answer or who politely decline to talk to you are generally nothing to concern yourself with.