What To Consider Before Buying A Home
When buying a home it is easy to let emotions get in the way from important factors, especially if the house seems to have everything you have ever wanted. However, before making any spontaneous decisions it is important to take some time to consider a few aspects beyond the size, style and price of the home. Consider the following tips as you search for the right home.
Take the time to visit at various times of the day. This will allow you to see what the neighborhood is like since you never know what you will find and see. What appears like a quiet residential street may be a noisy, highway-feeder street during morning or evening rush hour. Also what seems like a nice school with a play-ground might turn out to be extra noise during the school year with extra traffic.
Review newspaper archives or contact the city or county to obtain information on any proposed projects, and issues the area is dealing with that may impact you.
A good question to ask a potential neighbor is if the neighborhood has an association. This indicates that the individuals care about their community, they want to get to know each other, are willing to socialize, and are dedicated to creating a safe environment for individuals, children, and families.
It is very important to obtain a home inspection. Not only will you know what needs fixing, but you may be able to negotiate a lower price, and prepare for additional cost you might incur. Also consider getting inspections for lead paint, radon and wood-eating pests.
It is also a good idea to acquire detailed records on past improvements to give you a sense of the materials used and if you may be looking at repainting sooner than you thought.