You are about to discover 7 things that you MUST inspect before you buy a house and you are the one that has to do this because most inspectors and agents don't! Furthermore, these 7 verification steps can make or break your decision to buy a house, whether you are purchasing to live in the house or to invest in long term. That's why this is mandatory for anyone buying a home to watch or read. This wisdom was gathered from decades in this business and thousands of deals of experience. You may not have ever heard of these things before but that are absolutely crucial to your home purchasing decision.
1. Inspect HVAC Ducts for Mold
Either yourself, or have your inspector, review the ducting and the air handling unit(s) for mold. A system can function extremely well and yet still breed mold and that can produce very bad air quality for the people inside the house. And the only solution, if mold is present, is to replace the whole system (even if it is functioning properly and is a fairly new system).
2. Inspect on a Rainy Day
Either yourself, or have your inspector, review the property on a rainy day. It reveals where the water flows and that is an extremely important part of owning a house.
3. Flood Zone Proximity
Even if you are not in a flood zone, you still want to study where your property is located in relation to flood zones because houses flood that are near flood zones too.
4. Sinkhole Proximity
Florida is among the most sinkhole prone areas on earth and knowing where your house is, in relation to a previously reported sinkhole, is extremely important to know before you buy that house.
NOTE! After shooting this video, I realized that this sinkhole map that I use only extends across the state of Florida. Sorry about that.
5. Review the Entire Sales History
Reviewing the entire sales history of a house can be very educational because a home that has been bought and sold a significant number of times may indicate that its been a problem for its previous owners. The tool I personally use to investigate the history of a house is PropStream because it's the greatest research tool in real estate history.
6. Vary Your Visits to the Property
Don't visit the house you are going to buy at the exact same time of day and day of week, over and over again, prior to closing. Instead, vary your visits so that you can see it at different times of day, with different weather patterns and on different days of the week. And in a perfect world, you would see it during different seasons of the year (spring, summer, fall and winter).
7. Interview the Neighbors
Perhaps no other inspection action, prior to buying a house, is more important and effective than interviewing the neighbors. Ask them key questions like, "What are the most frustrating things about living here?" and "If you could own any house in this neighborhood, what would it be and why?". While not every neighbor will be 100% honest, by interviewing enough of them, you'll begin to learn things that you could learn no other way about owning a property in that location.
And if you have any other tips of things that Inspectors and Agents typically do not inspect for home buyers but can be incredibly helpful to prospective house purchasers, share them below!