There are a lot of excellent investment properties out there, and while there are some factors that make a property great, there are also some red flags that may help you narrow down which ones you should avoid altogether.
- Is the floor plan functional?
If a home is listed as a four-bedroom home, you want to make sure that all four bedrooms are adequately sized. If one bedroom is particularly small or awkwardly shaped, it may be hard for you to find tenants for that space. You’ll also want to consider the number of bathrooms. It’s unlikely that you’ll find tenants ok with sharing a four-bedroom home with only one bathroom.
- What neighborhood and school district does the home fall in?
No matter how beautiful the home, if it’s in a bad neighborhood or zoned for a school district that doesn’t have a great reputation, you’re going to have a hard time finding tenants. Is the area in a high flood zone, close to loud businesses? These are all factors you’ll want to look into.
- Are there structural issues and damage to the property?
Pay attention to if a property has uneven floors, cracks on exterior walls, etc., as this can be a sign that there are bigger problems with the structural integrity of the home, which can be costly to fix. You should also be looking for roof leaks and checking under countertops and sinks in the bathroom and kitchen for signs of water damage and mold, as this can be another sign that there are major repairs that need to be made.
- Have you been asked to waive your right to inspect the property?
We can’t stress this enough. If a seller asks a potential buyer to waive their right to inspect and back out of the deal if they don’t like what they see, turn tail and run. This is a huge sign that something isn’t right with the property. It’s common for a seller to sell a property as is without making any repairs, but it’s not common to ask a buyer to lock into a deal without an inspection.
- Are you being met with resistance to see the inside of the property?
If you’re having trouble nailing down a date and time to see a property or are even being kept from checking out the whole property, it’s a big sign that the seller is hiding something. The golden rule to live by: Never buy an investment property without seeing 100% of what you’re getting into and after receiving an inspection that gives you an idea of what the property will need maintenance-wise.
If you still have questions on investment properties, don’t hesitate to reach out! We’re more than happy to share some of the knowledge, tips, and tricks we’ve picked up over the years to make sure you make and maintain a great investment.