Many people look at a house and try to discover all of its flaws and potential based on the appearance of the house. However, it is important to get the full history of a house before you buy it. This is true for many reasons.
First, if you do not get the full history of the house you will not know how new or old parts of the home are. For example, if a home was built in the eighteen hundreds, when was the wiring updated? When was the plumbing updated last? All of this is important because it may lend to an idea of how much work or money you will have to put into the home either immediately or in the long run.
It is also important to know if any major work has had to be done on the home. When was the roof last redone or repaired? How sound is the foundation, and has any work been done to it? These facts are going to make a difference in your home owners insurance and in your decision to buy the house in the first place.
Another reason it is important to get the full history of a house before you buy is that you need to know the age of the appliances and fixtures in the home. When was the furnace or air conditioning unit last updated or serviced? What state are the refrigerator, stove, washer and/or dryer in? When were the light fixtures or ceiling fans last installed? All of this is important because, again, it will determine how much money you will have to sink into the home.
It is also helpful to know how many owners the home has gone through. If a home goes through a lot of owners, it can be a bad sign. In addition, you want to know the history of the house as far as criminal activity is concerned. If the house has been broken into many times you may want to consider a different neighborhood.
Overall, it is not difficult to get the history on a house before you buy it. Criminal activity is generally a matter of public record, as is the number of owners of the home. The rest of the information will have to come directly from the sellers, but they should have that information even if they have owned the property only a short time. Anyone who has done their due diligence will be able to provide answers to all of the above questions about a property. If they cannot, you should seriously consider another property instead. However, if they are forthcoming, you can easily decide whether or not to buy the home.