You need to be careful when buying a new home. We all want to find the dream home. The one that makes us so thrilled to be there and that we always imagined living in when we were younger. However, you do have to be careful, you need to watch out for signs that the home that looks like the one from your dreams isn’t actually a terrible nightmare.
It’s Selling For Less Than It Should
This is going to surprise you, but homeowners don’t sell their property out of the goodness of their hearts. This never occurs, and instead, sellers are always anxious and eager to get the highest possible price for their home. So, if you come across a property that is selling for a lot less than it should be worth, you should, at the very least, be skeptical. Remember, sellers have to work with real estate agents. They won’t let them sell properties for a lot more than they are actually worth in value on the market.
So, what does a low price tell you? Well, it could be that the seller is looking for a quick sale. That’s great news because it often means that there’s nothing wrong with the property and home sellers need to move fast either due to employment commitments or financial difficulty.
However, it’s also possible that the home is selling for such a low amount because it has serious issues. If a home seller is looking for a fast sale, you’ll find the home is already empty, and it’s quite possible that you never meet the owner.
The Doors Are Sticking
– “Oh don’t mind that,” they say, forcing a stiff door open. “It’s been that way since we moved.”
Stiff doors may not seem like a major issue, but it depends if they’re sticking in the door frame. If that’s the case it could be a small, yet key sign that the home has structural issues. A problem like this will be apparent on a home inspection. But you do have to order the inspection first. With a real estate inspection, you’ll be able to see problems like this, and much more that say, hey, maybe buying isn’t the best move after all.
Asking That You Don’t Speak To The Neighbors
There’s no reason for them to ask this, no matter how polite the request may be. It does suggest that they are hiding something. It could be nothing. Or, it could be a sign that the neighbors aren’t particularly pleasant individuals. Even the nicest house can be ruined by a few people next door who are going to make your life a living hell with loud music and other issues.
Refusing To Let You See Part Of The Home
“It’s a bit of a mess at the moment I’m afraid, we’re renovating, we’re keeping the dog in there, we don’t want to disturb the kids…”
Finally, Some of these excuses might sound reasonable and indeed understandable. But it doesn’t change the fact that there’s a part of the home that you’re not getting to see. Perhaps you let it slide on the first visit but if you still can’t take a quick peek at the second be aware that they are probably hiding something.
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