Whether you’re planning to purchase a multi-family home as your primary residence or as an investment property, consider the overall structure of the home. When evaluating each property, note the complexity of the construction. While you definitely want a home that’s eye-pleasing to neighbors and potential renters, you don’t want a home that may be expensive to maintain. Look for properties that have simple, solid construction, and use relatively standard materials. These are generally the easiest and most inexpensive to maintain. 

Here are some questions you may want to ask yourself when evaluating each property:
  •          How steep is the roof?
  •          How many angles does the building have?
  •          Does the home have a slate roof?
  •          How complex is the landscaping?
  •          How many different exterior paint colors are there?
  •          Does the home have any special features that may be difficult to replace?