Of course, if you’ve dismissed the home from the start, do only a minimal walkthrough or don’t bother with the inspection at all. But if the property has potential and is something you like, open every door and look in closets.
WHAT COMES WITH THE PROPERTY
Confirm what comes with home — e.g., whether the stands or fixtures are for the exclusive use of that home or if the owners will remove them. Are appliances, such as refrigerator and washer/ dryer, included in the sale? Make sure to get confirmation in writing if you decide that you would like to buy the property.
DON'T BE FOOLED BY STAGING
Sellers use clever tricks to make a home more appealing. They can strategically light a room to draw attention from a problem or apply fresh coats of paint to cover water damage or mold issues. While you’re viewing the house, look beyond the immediate aesthetics of the interior décor. Focus your attention on what you’ll get when the furniture and interior décor are stripped away.
KEEP EMOTIONS AT BAY
When viewing a home initially, try not to get attached immediately. Keep emotions out of considerations and only consider the potential property as a building you need to inspect and assess for others. Rapid emotional attachment may cloud your decision-making, or allow you to overlook failings in the house you might see differently without an emotional lens. If you get attached from the get-go, you might make an emotional decision and overlook major problems. Certainly, an emotional attachment will affect your ability to calmly and dispassionately negotiate.
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