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After several years of diligently saving money, I’m nearly ready to purchase my first home. Because I’ve been thinking about buying a home for so long, I know exactly what I want my house to look like. I desire a place that has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. I also need a quiet space to set up my home office in. I want a massive, walk-in closet in my master bedroom. My master bathroom needs to have double vanities, a tiled, walk-in shower, and a Jacuzzi tub. On this blog, I hope you will discover how to set priorities during your new home search. Enjoy!


A New Home Search

How To Fully Evaluate A Vacant Home Before Putting In An Offer

Elli Jokela

If you come across a house that is for sale and is currently vacant, you might want to take a look inside the house to see if it interests you. If you really like the house but are leery of buying a home that is vacant, there are some steps you could take to evaluate the house to ensure that you understand what issues it has and what condition it is in. Here are some of the steps you can take to fully evaluate this type of house.

Look closely at every part of the house

Understanding the potential issues a vacant home may have is vital when purchasing one, and the first way to evaluate a vacant house is simply by looking closely at every part of it. As you move from room to room, look closely at the walls to see if there are signs of water damage. You should look for cracks in the walls, too, as these can indicate a foundational issue. You should also pay close attention to all floors, ceilings, electrical fixtures, systems, and appliances.

If you can see signs of problems, then there are likely more issues that need to be further evaluated and addressed. If you do not see signs of problems, it does not mean there are no problems. Instead, it means there might be issues, but the problems might be well hidden.

Hire a reputable home inspector

Secondly, you should have a home inspector come to the home to fully evaluate and inspect every part of it. The inspector will be able to tell you more details about the house, and the report you receive from the inspector will be detailed and clear on what the issues are that the house has.

Hire a contractor for estimates

Next, you should hire a contractor for estimates for repairs, and you should make sure you have estimates for all the repairs the house needs. You may even want to get estimates from several contractors to make sure you cover all your bases.

Carefully consider the offer you make

Finally, you should carefully consider the value of the house as well as the amount of work the house needs if you decide to write an offer to buy the house.

Buying a vacant home can be a great investment in many cases as long as you know what you're getting. To view homes for sale in your area, you should begin by contacting a real estate agent.