Zillow Advice: Buying Process - What to check before you buy a house? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-to-check-before-you-buy-a-house/463954/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate &nbsp;It is always sound ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-to-check-before-you-buy-a-house/463954/ &nbsp;It is always sound advice&nbsp;to get a home&nbsp;inspection before purchasing and even better to have a close look at the neighborhood.&nbsp;<br/>&nbsp; I was once showing beachfront property at low tide and the buyer asked me if the water comes back?&nbsp; The property would have appeared alot different if it was high tide. Also that marsh side property with the lovely view might actually stink like heck at low tide. <br/>So do check out the neighborhood at different times of the day, there might be&nbsp;a rooster doing its thing at the crack of dawn. Or when school lets out there could be 10 kids playing basketball until the sun goes down in the yard next to yours. Some people like the sound of a basketball&nbsp;repeatedly bouncing on&nbsp;the pavement, some would be driven mad.<br/>&nbsp; Do knock on doors and talk with the neighbors.<br/>&nbsp; I always say the best buyer is a well informed buyer that will be happy with their decision for a long time to come.<br/>&nbsp;&nbsp; Wed, 24 Oct 2012 19:00:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-to-check-before-you-buy-a-house/463954/ 2012-10-24T19:00:00Z In a follow up comment to ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-to-check-before-you-buy-a-house/463954/ In a follow up comment to the previous one about a inspector, I always take it a step further and recommend both a inspector and a structural engineer take a look at your potential home. &nbsp;This is because both fulfill different needs for you, and while both cost money, it is well worth it to know as much as possible before you buy a property!<br/><br/>Thanks and hope this helps! Wed, 24 Oct 2012 18:12:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-to-check-before-you-buy-a-house/463954/ 2012-10-24T18:12:00Z Make sure to get a home inspection. ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-to-check-before-you-buy-a-house/463954/ Make sure to get a home inspection. The inspection doesn't keep you from purchasing the home, it informs you of the items that need to be taken as a priority. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 18:10:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-to-check-before-you-buy-a-house/463954/ 2012-10-24T18:10:00Z