In house hunting, first impressions are important. After all, if you are going to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a property, you better love it. But aesthetics should only be a small part of what drives you to make an offer on a home.
Curb appeal brings you in, but there has to be more. So what should you consider when searching for a home? These tips may help…
1. House hunting begins with emotions (that first impression), but ends with facts: Buying a home is an emotional process. But the key to any successful home purchase is to balance your emotions with sound logic. So gather as many facts as you can so you can make an educated decision in the end.
2. Get to know the reputation of homebuilders: The area you are looking in probably has several homes built by the same company. Do some research on these homebuilders. What are their reputations like? Stay away from homes built by companies with less than stellar track records.
3. Look past the decorations:Don’t get caught up in aesthetics. Aesthetics are relatively inexpensive to fix – major construction is another matter.
4. Do the kitchens and bathrooms work properly? These are the most expensive rooms to renovate, so make sure these rooms are in good working condition.
5. Take an inventory of what needs fixing: Develop a list of things you like in each house you visit. But also remember to make a list of things that might need fixing.
6. Is there room for improvement? You may want to put an addition on your home in the future as your family grows. Does the house you are currently looking at have room to expand?
7. Leaky basement: A wet basement can wreak havoc on a home.
8. How does it look? Back to curb appeal. Does the house need to be painted or does siding need replacing? Improving the exterior of a home can be costly. So check the exterior walls carefully before putting in a bid.
9. Landscaping: Landscaping improvements can be costly. So how does the yard look? Take into consideration the softscape – grass, bushes and any gardens – as well as the hardscape – sidewalk, patio, deck, etc.
10. Zoning surprises: Before you put a bid on a house, go to the town hall, city hall, or county register of records and find out the zoning of all contiguous properties.
If you follow these simple suggestions, you will find house hunting a lot more enjoyable.
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