If you are buying a house for your family, you may be interested not only in the current status of the house but also in its history. Below are some of the things you can use to know more about your target house's history.
A property inspection will not only tell you about the condition of a house, but it can also give you clues about a house's history. For example, you might get clues about previous flood damage, additions to the house, and even past pest infestations that left some damage.
Talking To Neighbors
People tend to know more about their neighbors than the neighbors realize. Talking to a few neighbors can give you a few clues about the property you are about to buy. You will know, for example, whether the house has been previously used as a meth house or whether someone was killed in the house.
You can also research the address for past events. The address search is likely to reveal information about past happenings that made it to the media or official records. For example, you will know if a criminal ring was busted in the house or about property disputes that involved the property.
Land and Property Records
Land and property records can also give you a wealth of information about your target property. Here, you can get information such as the number of people who have owned the property, layout of the house, additions or alterations to the house, plus many other things. If the current owner is claiming that the house was previously owned by a celebrity or notable figure, a title search will help confirm or refute the claim.
Census records will tell you both about the previous owners of the house plus the things they owned. You will know whether children, the elderly, or disabled persons have lived in the house. You will also know whether a doctor, engineer, or teacher has occupied the house in the past. This information can help you in various ways. For example, you will know that the house is good for your family if it has supported several families with kids in the area.
Hopefully, you will only learn good things, and nothing unsavory, about your dream home. If you are using a local real estate agent, which is advisable, then the agent may also furnish you with some information. The agent can also help you in other areas so you can protect your investment. Look for the best realtor in your area for more information.