Before you buy a home there are a few tips that can end up saving you time, headache, and especially money in the long run. Chances are you are looking at the number of bedrooms, the neighborhood, the overall condition that the house appears to be in, etc. but there are some other things that you and your realtor should be keen on observing.
One of the first things I would suggest doing while looking through a home is to flush all of the toilets and run water through the drains. This way you can possibly detect plumbing issues. This applies to all appliances that are included in the sale as well. You will also want to be on the lookout for dampness in a basement. If there is a foundation problem it can be one of the more expensive repairs down the road.
It is also interesting to note that while new houses certainly come with their own perks they also run about 20% higher in cost than older homes do. It would be a good idea to talk to the neighbors or do a bit of research to see if there is potential construction, sewer pipes, businesses or any other non-desirable activities moving near the house. The last thing you would want is to buy a home only to find out that there is a big construction project starting soon.
The key is to work closely with your realtor and pay attention to the details that could spell trouble for you in the future.