Top 5 Things To Consider When Buying A Home

Dated: 04/22/2016

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If you're thinking about buying a new or older home, my list of the "Top 5 Things to Look for When Buying a Home" can help to get your search off on the right foot. While number of rooms, condition of the home/property and size of the yard are important, there are other things you should consider before you make an offer.

  • Location, Location, Location

    Experts say that the 3 most important things to think about when buying a home are location, location, location. You can change almost everything else, but you cannot change your home's location after the fact. When you go house hunting, consider your potential home's proximity to your work, the atmosphere of the neighborhood, and how the home is situated on the lot.

  • Situation Factors

    Beyond the location, look at the particular site of the home. Is the home situated on a hill? Does it have a nice view or obstructed view, does it have a walkout basement? Is the yard suitable for kids, pets, gardening, or other uses?

  • Check Out the Neighborhood

    Be sure the neighborhood, and not just the house, meets your expectations. Are the homes in the neighborhood consistent in size and features? Do the neighbors keep the yards clean and tidy?  Is the neighborhood safe enough for people to walk, run, or bike and are there children playing in the yards?

  • Curb Appeal

    Your home should reflect your lifestyle.  Look at the exterior features, is it maintenance free siding or is it wood or other type of siding that will need paint or staining every so many years?  Is the roof in good condition or will it need to be replaced within a year or two? Is the landscaping attractive and well kept? Are there sidewalks leading to the home and are they in good condition?

  • Size and Floor Plan

    So, You want to buy your dream home. But is your dream home impractical? Do you really need a large 4 bedroom and 4 bath home when you live alone? Things to remember are the utility bills will be higher and so will the property taxes, not to mention the money it will take to decorate and furnish. You should think about how your new home space will be used and whether it will fit your lifestyle now and in your future.

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