Buying a home can be exciting, but it can go sour if you fail to ask the right questions before you buy. Here are eight that will help you determine if you should buy or not.
Today I’m going to talk about eight things you should do as you look for your new home.
What is your daily commute? How long will it take you to get to work, to drop off the kids, or to get to the important things in your life that you do every week?
Is the home in an area that you want to live in? Drive around the area at different times of day. Make sure it’s a community that you would enjoy living in for years to come.
Next, check the covenants, restrictions, and bylaws. Will the neighborhood let you do the things you want? Is there a specific time you need to pull out your trash cans? Do they have rules about having cars on jacks in your driveway?
Pay attention to the bedroom-to-bathroom ratio. Based on the number of people who will be living in your home, does it make sense to have the number of bathrooms that the home currently has? You don’t want to purchase a home and then realize that number doesn’t work for you and your family.
Are you going to need to do specialty inspections? This might mean inspections for your septic system, a well, the HVAC system, etc.
Pay attention to any features that can’t be changed. Are you happy with, say, the floor plan, the lay of the lot, and location? These are all things you should know if you love before purchasing.
Is there room to grow? If you feel like you may need to expand, or are planning to start a family, is the size of the house right? Do you have the right number of bedrooms? Be sure that you will be able to spread out if you need to.
Is the home going to have a good resale value? This is extremely important. You may not be considering resale value as you’re purchasing the home, but you should view the transaction from the back end—if we’re in a recession, and there are a ton of homes on the market, someone is going to want to buy your home.
“Make sure it’s a community that you would enjoy living in for years to come.”
And that’s why you need a Realtor; you need someone to share information, give you the facts and details, and guide and counsel you.
Those of us at Charlotte Home Experts are here to help you when you’re ready to buy your first home, or your next home. If you have any questions regarding real estate, my team and I can assist you, so please reach out to us.