How to Avoid Buying a Money Sucking House – Local Records Office

LOCAL RECORDS OFFICE: Finding out your new home is a money pit is every homebuyer’s worst nightmare. Unlike cars, or electronics, there is really nothing you can do if you find out the home you purchased is a lemon says, ‘Local Records Office’. Here are some important steps every buyer should keep in mind to ensure their next home doesn’t turn out to be a money pit.

Make Sure to Be Present for Inspections

While you can rely on your agent, your broker and your lender to handle a lot of the grunt work that comes with buying a new home, you should make an effort to be present for any home inspections or appraisals. If you are there in person, the inspector can physically walk you through any items they think require repairs, and offer their professional opinion regarding the magnitude and seriousness of these repairs. Also, being present at the inspection affords you the opportunity to ask the home inspector about the estimated cost or effort any recommended repairs will require, and whether or not the issues uncovered pose any danger to your safety says, Local Records Office.

Go Ahead and Do Your Own Investigating

Even if you attend the home inspection, you can’t solely rely on the eyes and ears of your agent or lender to catch any issues or problems included in the homes reports and disclosures. It’s important you read through any notes provided by the seller as well as the inspector and be on the look out for any repeated repairs, recurring issues and mechanical malfunctions that have occurred within the home. You should also review the results of the home inspection and note the cost, timeline and magnitude of any recommended repairs says, ‘Local Records Office. Your agent should supply you with information on comparable properties, so you can ascertain the actual value of the home relative to the price you are paying for it.

Get as Many Estimates as Possible

Local Records Office says, “Many states actually forbid general property inspectors from supplying potential home owners with their own estimates of the costs of a home’s recommended or required repairs”. One common reason why buyers end up purchasing homes that turn out to be a money pit is because they underestimate the cost and extent of the homes repairs. Avoid becoming a money pit victim by obtaining several estimates from multiple contractors regarding any repairs detailed within the home’s inspection. These estimates can also create an opportunity for you to renegotiate the price of the home with the seller.

Think Twice

Unless you yourself are a contractor or work on building homes professionally, it is likely that you will underestimate the time and money required for you to complete what can seem like even the simplest repairs on your own. Plus, the moving process itself requires plenty of time, effort, money and energy; so be sure to ask yourself how much effort you will realistically want to devote to improving and repairing your new home after your move.

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