The process of purchasing a home stretches far beyond the actual purchase of the home. It has far-reaching effects and consequences if not handled properly. There are quite a few commonly made mistakes in home buying, a lot of them have to do with the contracts that are necessary to complete the sale and others are mainly related to skipping vital parts of the process in order to make a quick purchase. This tends to happen when there are competing offers. Sellers think they have hit a gold mine when there are competing offers on their home.
This is the kind of environment where buyers can get taken advantage of, so be careful. One of the most commonly skipped steps is the home inspection. Bad idea. How do you know what the possible concerns with a house are? What happens if you win the bid war only to have to spend twice what you saved in fixing the house? Was it worth it? Home inspections are vital to ensuring that buyers are getting a good, safe product. If a home sale comes down to the condition of skipping the inspection you may want to question the reason for that condition.
Try to avoid verbal agreements in the deal at all costs. As this kind of agreement is almost impossible to verify, make sure that every aspect of the sale, its subjects, what comes with the home is all detailed in writing and signed by both parties. With a purchase of this magnitude everything should be detailed and recorded. This also applies to the original listing information. It’s a good idea to verify all the listing info at the start of the purchase. If this info is incorrect, take the time to check for other inconsistencies.
The focus of this article is not to make you nervous about buying a home, merely to make you aware of some of the things to look out for when doing so. It would be nice to think that all sellers are scrupulous and honest, but if that were so then articles such as this one would not be necessary. Be careful and do your homework when purchasing a home and confer with your realtor on all aspects of the sale. They are the best people to help you avoid any pitfalls.