Buying a Home “as is” Can be Scary — Here Are The Things You Need to Know.

Never say yes, until you’ve seen everything.

Anyone who wants to sell a home will try to apply “some makeup” to it, in the best possible way in order to ask for more money, something pretty common in this business. That's why you don't have to get overwhelmed by the decoration, the excellent condition of the paint or the superficial appearance that resembles “unique features”, because behind that, some serious aspects may be hidden, damage that can appear in the future and that will mean thousands of dollars.

Before finalizing a buying process, the best thing anyone can do is to hire a professional inspection, although this will not provide a one hundred percent guarantee that the property has no problems, it can offer a more comprehensive and deep outlook of some of the details that you want (or don’t want) to see in a future home; crucial for final decision making.

Among the people who were not adventurous enough to correct this type of problems, is the example of Amanda Morgan, who had her dream almost realized when she purchased a home "as is", pay attention.

Amanda began to realize that something was not right in her new home, as time went by, the house fell into pieces so to speak, pipes that were not connected caused water spills throughout the house, the floors were in poor condition, and many parts of the property were falling. This was a headache for Amanda as she was plunged into repair debts, with more than $18,500 and is still far from finished.

For Amanda it is a life lesson, and she encourages all those who want to buy a new house to do a previous inspection before making any clear decision, also to carefully review the purchase contract where all the faults of the house need to be marked; all to avoid such uncomfortable situations.

Here are some important points before buying your new home: 

  • Take a closer look of the overall conditions, what type of maintenance they have or how deteriorated they are.
  • With a closed hand hit the walls, if they sound hollow, it is possible that there is internal humidity and in the short term, there could be a detachment of finishes.
  • In the corners of the ceilings (where the slabs join the walls), verify that no stains are in plain sight. In addition to the lack of waterproofing, it could be that a pipe is broken.
  • Touch the perimeter of the windows to verify that the seal is working. The air must not pass through.
  • Turn on and off all light switches, if possible leave them on while visiting the house, this way you can detect if there are any problems with the electrical charge. 

A property with more than 20 years of age requires changes in the installations: electrical, sanitary and piping in general. In AFTHA we can help you thanks to our extensive list of contacts with the best realtors in the country, we make the process productive and stress-free, we defend the rights of the buyer and in turn, offer a wide range of programs to accelerate the purchase process, want to try? Contact us now! 

The AFTHA Program helps bridge the gap between the haves and have-nots. In short, our mission is to help people who are struggling to become homeowners and have no way to get ahead of their monthly expenses. We freely offer our service to the people that need it most, with the hope of strengthening our economy one family at a time. 

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