Not so fast, my friend!
As an Orlando buyer’s agent, I cannot tell you how many people have made the mistake of buying a house by themselves. FSBOs are becoming quite the rage and seeing their sigh on the front lawn, buyers often think to themselves, “Why not handle the purchase on my own?”
For one, you won’t be able to negotiate well with the seller if he is a pro and second, you probably won’t look under the hood to make sure that the house is in good condition. If it’s the commission fee you are trying to avoid then know this ― you will be spending more out of your pocket on plumbing, once the house is in your name.
What’s Their Game?
A trick that sellers often play is that they improve their house’s curb appeal to bamboozle the buyer. The moment you see the house as you pull up in front of it is the perfectly manicured lawn, the homey-looking swing with a cushion, the seating arrangement on the patio, the potted plants hanging from the ceiling, the white-painted windows, and more.
You get blindsided by the exterior and pay less attention to the interior, which is how you miss the red, green, and brown flags. We are talking about the huge wine stain hidden under the sofa, the ugly green carpet that has an infestation, and the patchy mold signs behind the painting on the wall.
So, here’s what you need to do:
Do Research on the House
Hire a Windermere Florida realtor to find out the history of the house. A real estate agent will also tell you whether the house is worth investing in based on its location and market value. Buying a house is a big purchase and you are probably planning to give it at least a decade before selling it and buying another one. You need to make sure that the house is the right fit according to your budget and needs and wants.
Hire a Home Inspector
While all is well outside, there might be some secrets hidden inside, nastier than the ones we mentioned above. From infestation in the attic, plumbing problems, a leaky roof, displaced foundation, and more, all of this is revealed in the home inspection report. By spending a few hundred dollars, you will be saving yourself from thousands of dollars worth of repairs.
Make Sure That Any Renovations Done Were Legal
The seller added a new wing in the house after moving in. This wing contains a bedroom with an attached bathroom, which is what made you fall in love with this place. However, are you sure that this wing was made after getting a permit? If not, then you are looking at a huge penalty. The seller might have done this to avoid paying extra taxes. So, ask them to show you the permits so that there are no delays later.
You will come across numerous complications when buying a house, which can only be solved by an Orlando real estate agent or you will be running in circles.
Visit the website Megan Dowdy Realty to get in touch with their professional Windermere Florida realtor. Consult an agent to find out whether the house you have your sight on is worth buying or not. For further information, call on 407-509-9279.