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What to Consider Before Buying Your Next Home

When you are on the hunt for a new home, it is easy to get caught up with the excitement of the beautiful landscape, the perfect kitchen or the finished basement.
However, it is the little things that you should consider before buying your next home. We’ve compiled a list of considerations to take with you when you think you have found the perfect home.

Make a list of items to check

1.    In the kitchen: cabinets, counters, floor and appliances
2.    In the bathroom: leaks or cracks in the toilet, tub, sink and pipes to each; vents, fans and flooring
3.    Heating and cooling: age and performance of the furnace and the A/C system
4.    Roof: look for cracked, curling or missing shingles; ask the last time the roof was replaced as properly installed and good condition roofs should last about 20 years
5.    Windows: inspect, open and close windows; look for ease of operation, cleaning and its energy efficiency. Double-paned windows will save you on your heating and cooling bills
6.    Basement: check carefully for water marks and other signs of a leaky basement. Once water begins to leak into a basement it is usually better to add a system to remove it rather than trying to stop it from coming in
7.    Insulation: With energy prices remaining high, a well-insulated house can help keep you warm in the cooler months, and cooler in the warmer months. Not only is it important to have at least a foot of insulation in the ceiling, insulating the walls will also help reduce energy costs.
8.    Garage door and opener: open and close the garage door and check to see how well it opens, if all the necessary safety features are in place and if it has the latest access and connected features
Review all the expenses when you budget for the house
There are more expenses involved in home buying than just the property costs. And those additional payments, if you don’t factor them in, can be high enough to derail your conscientious planning.
Don’t forget to think about:
1.    Buying costs, including agent fees, appraisal, inspections, closing costs
2.    Moving costs, including packing and transporting
3.    Utilities, including internet, electricity, gas and water
4.    New items, including furniture and décor
5.    Maintenance and upgrades, including painting, safety features and outdoor landscape
6.    Homeowner’s insurance
Read the contract before you sign it
Seems like an obvious thing to do, right? Though unfortunately many people forego to read the fine print before they sign their name to a huge investment.

Meet your potential neighbors
Talking to potential neighbors is a great way to get a feel for the activity, environment and to meet the people
Look beyond the staging
The fact is, staged houses look far better than houses that are still being occupied. When you are considering a house, mentally try to remove the staging. Pay more attention to the layout of the house and the structure itself. Ugly wallpaper and paint can be easily fixed later.


Think about what security is in place
Ask your realtor about the technology already in place in the home, if they are still up-to-date, working and give you the flexibility and security you want. Does the security give you on-demand accessibility via your smartphone? Is it all connected to the rest of the house including your garage?
Ask the questions, look for what will need to be installed and account that into the overall budget.

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PostedOn: 9/12/2016 9:43:26 AM by Yolanda Ponce | with 0 comments
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