Buying or selling a home is the most significant financial transaction that many individuals undertake in their lifetime. Some protections are built into the process. An experienced realtor with a reputable company will protect your interests, guiding you through the various contingencies and inspections. If a mortgage is involved, the mortgage company requirements will provide another layer of protection.
Many sales, though, proceed without a realtor and without a mortgage. If that is your situation, it is advisable that you seek advice from an attorney before you ever agree to anything.
What will an attorney do for you? It is never advisable to proceed without a sales agreement and hand money, a title search, and agreement as to inspections. An attorney will advise you and prepare the necessary paperwork.