When you find that perfect home and know it’s the property for you, the temptation to sign a check there and then is overwhelming. If this sounds like you, pause for a second and think of the wise philosopher, Murphy, who once said: “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.”
When it comes to buying property, first appearances are often deceiving. Every home has flaws, including physical defects that affect structural integrity and value. Without proper inspections, you could end up paying over the odds for pretty looking mess.
You can usually easily fix minor roof damage but if there are structural issues or water has already leaked into the roof space you are in for a world of repair costs. In extreme cases, the roof may need replacing altogether, which is never good news.
Rotting wood is a bad sign. You are either dealing with damp, moisture intrusion, or thousands of houseguests in the form of termites. In the latter case, they aren’t even paying rent and are known for smugly ignoring legally binding eviction notices.
Dangerous Building Materials
The building materials used in the construction must not pose a danger to you, your family and your pets. Shoddy building work that doesn’t meet acceptable standards is one thing, but other potential dangers aren’t so obvious. If you are thinking about purchasing an older home, consider that asbestos or lead paint could be lurking in every wall and ceiling.
Before you jump the gun on a property that’s phonier than homey, speak to the experienced and savvy folks here at Voila! We know a great deal from a deadbeat spiel. Just don’t expect us to win a rap battle anytime soon.