Buying a house can be a thrilling thing and it can also be a drag. It depends on the situations of life and if all the hoops that you have to jump through in the process are low to the ground or feel impossible to scale and clear. There are many things to think about when entering into the home buying process. Practicality and budget are at the top of the list, but there are always the dreams that you want to fulfill.

It would be nice if everybody had the means necessary to get everything they wanted in a home, but the reality of the matter is that finances are the number one factor to determining what you get to have when buying a house. Get that figured out and move onto the next step, one at a time.

If you’re in the viewing stages and getting closer to actually purchasing, here are 3 things to look for when buying a house:

Pipe Issues

There are a lot of things that can go wrong in a house. If the house is old or sits on old pipelines, there could be some major issues sitting right beneath the surface that you’re not even aware of. When entering a house for viewing, be sure that you not only ask the right questions about plumbing, but that you also check the pipes by turning the water on. How’s the pressure? Is the color off? These are questions to answer when looking into buying a house. If the pipes are okay, you can move onto the next thing to look for.

Foundation Issues

Though expensive, pipe issues are solvable. What’s much harder to solve is foundation issues. If you move into a home and find that it’s not structurally sound, you could lose everything. Of course, inspections should point out if this is a problem, but when viewing a house, it’s crucial that you know what you’re looking for.

Foundation issues manifest in cracks in walls, if you notice as you’re walking that there is a noticeable slant in the flooring, this could also mean that your foundation might not be badly damaged, it has just settled and needs to be adjusted. In any case, know what you’re looking for, and don’t buy a house if you know that the foundation is a wreck because it will only be high expenditure and heart ache for you.

Sketchy Homeowners

In the homebuying process, you will be most likely be working with a realtor and might have no contact with the previous homeowners at all, but this doesn’t mean you should be be aware and do your research on the previous owners of the house you’re looking into. Sketchy owners or neighbors might mean that the house and neighborhood reflect the same characteristics.