It is difficult not to hit ‘information overload’ while looking at possible home purchases. Take pictures, measure and maintain a ‘scorecard’ as you go, but pay especial attention to these things:
- Maintenance and Potential Problems. Look critically at systems like heat and AC; appliances and working mechanisms like doors and garage doors.
- Observe the roof as best you can; even though it will probably be inspected, it’s a critical aspect of each house.
- Look down! Carpets and floors are big wear points.
- Ask lots of questions about the house, and include questions about the neighborhood and community. Look for clear and complete answers as you go.
Consistent questions and a ‘scorecard’ will save you time in the long run. This free Federal resource may be useful: