Savvy real estate investors we work with closely always tell us to be prepared for the worst when purchasing real estate.
They give us some interesting advice.
Do thorough investigations into the properties current and past condition. They try everything possible to look in attics, and in crawl spaces.
They try to see behind all systems and have most things checked out that appear to be something they can't themselves figure out.
This preliminary work done AHEAD OF TIME, allows them to be prepared for the the unexpected.