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What is involved in due diligence?

On Behalf of | May 23, 2019 | Commercial Real Estate, Firm News |

Buying your new home in a Massachusetts neighborhood can be an exciting time, but although you may be chomping at the bit to move into your new residence, you should still check your new home for anything that you fear might go wrong. According to U.S. News and World Report, conducting due diligence helps ensure that you do not suddenly uncover problems with your home or its environment after you have moved in.

Due diligence can involve a number of actions, including having your new home inspected. You do not want to find out after you move in that your home has a plumbing issue or needs drywall replaced. Some people also want to check out the surrounding environment for possible hazards, such as pollution in the nearby water or in the air. Other homeowners are concerned about local crime and will scrutinize the neighborhood to see how safe it is.

Another way to investigate a home is to look at its ownership record. You can find a lot of information about how a residence has been treated over the years by its ownership history. You might find that the house has been flipped or received a foreclosure. The home may have gone through a number of owners in close succession. There are also websites that show information about the property gleaned from school information and crime stats.

People also have specific goals for their new home. Due diligence is a good time to make sure you can carry those plans forward after you buy the home. For instance, you may want to rent your new house. You might also have a construction project in mind, like a new shed for the backyard. These projects require some research of zoning or property laws to make sure they can be carried out.

Due diligence can be complicated, which is why some people ask for the help of an attorney to make sure a new property is successfully researched and vetted before a purchase is completed. Because real estate transactions will take many forms, do not consider this article as legal counsel for your situation. Only read it for your educational benefit.