Looking around a bank owned property will give you a sampling of its condition, but it would be very hard to find out everything that is wrong with the property simply by walking through it. The best way to find this out is by having a thorough home inspection performed. Your realtor may try to dissuade you from doing this by reasoning that because the property is acquired “as is” that there is no point spending the money on an inspection, but is this really the case? Isn’t it best to find out what your in for in the way of repair work before you buy the property? In that way you can determine for yourself whether or not your budget would allow for whatever’s needed.
Its also good to think about the nature of bank owned properties. The homeowner has been unable to pay the mortgage. If there was no money for that, how much money do you think has been spent on the maintenance of the home? You could also find that the property has been left full of junk and rubbish or has even been vandalized and stripped of anything valuable.
So, as we can see, although a bank owned property can prove to be a very good deal, every step should be taken to make sure it is a sensible and wise choice and that you go into the purchase with full knowledge about the condition of the home. For assistance with your home inspection, please feel free to contact us.