The process of searching for homes can be tedious and time-consuming, but many people find certain aspects of the search to be exciting. Many prospective homebuyers enjoy the process of touring and visiting homes and imagining themselves living on the property. Although looking at the home to imagine living there is an important part of the process, it is also important to inspect the home for defects or flaws that may influence your decision of whether or not to purchase the home.
Although many people may not be able to identify every problem that professional home inspectors may look for, there are certain items that can be seen by the untrained eye. Most real estate experts recommend that you have a home professionally inspected before purchase, but a cursory examination during the initial tour can help you get a feel for the overall condition of the home.
It is important to remember that most sellers will have prepared the homes for display and usually attempt to make the best first impression possible. They may try to conceal minor issues and will probably not report issues or problems to you upon first meeting. As a prospective buyer, it is essential that you keep an eye out for potential problems that may be lurking around each corner.
Common items to look for include:
Foundation issues, including cracks, chips, and other damage to the slab of the home
Drywall cracks and issues with the walls of the home that may indicate settling issues
Water spots on the ceiling and on walls that may reveal plumbing issues
Water damage by air-conditioning units and excessive condensation around windows
Cracked caulking and other sealing issues
Although most prospective buyers are not given the opportunity to thoroughly examine every aspect of the home during the initial visit, there are certain items that can be easily spotted upon first visit. Subsequent tours of the home may reveal more items and if you have any questions regarding repairs that have been done and the home’s history, feel free to ask the owner.
A thorough inspection by an experienced inspector is the best way to gain peace of mind when it comes to making a major purchase like buying a home. If you would like to know more about home inspection and buying homes in the Austin area, visit the website of the Austin real estate agents of the Carvajal Group.