Don't trust when a seller or agent says a house is in "perfect condition" ask questions about the age and condition about each of these main house components that can become a potential hazard.
Don't be afraid to ask about past history. If updates were made, ask why. Often times renovations are made in response to flooding, plumbing or electrical issues. You want to be sure the new & shiny updates aren't distracting you from deeper problems, previous home owners are trying to cover up for a quick sell.
A house is a big purchase, pay close attention to sights and sounds while you're touring. Don't be afraid to get up close to check for cracks, mildew, electrical sockets, behind furniture and beyond. A close can catch something that a seller may be hiding.
Always Get A Professional To Do A Home Inspection
TALK & TOUR
Talk to neighbours in your potential buying area for an honest opinion. Drive around the neighbourhood at different times, and tour the surrounding areas to make sure it is safe and fits the living atmosphere you see you and your family living in.