Buying a home is a big deal so you need to take into consideration all the factors before even making an offer. Unless you’ve done this before and know what to expect, you’ll need to do some research. Make a list of things you need to check. We’ll make that easy for you by offering you some useful tips.
Look for info on the neighborhood.
Once you’ve narrowed down your choices to one or two places you’d like to move into, look online for info on the neighborhood. Search the local newspaper sites, local government sites and blogs to create an image of what’s going on there in terms of developments and other issues.
Check on the schools.
If you have kids then this is a priority but even if you don’t, you should check the schools anyway. When you do decide to have children you’ll know the schools in the area are great and if you decide to sell the home will maintain its value.
Make visits at different times of day.
Imagining how it’s going to be like when you move somewhere is easier if you have a clear image of that place. Visit the area on a weekday, weeknight and a weekend so see exactly how quiet or active it is.
See what’s nearby.
Go to Google Maps to see the local amenities. If you have a favorite activity like tennis or swimming you’ll be able to estimate how far the closets place where you can do these things is and how long it takes you to get there.
Schedule a home inspection.
A home inspection will allow you to see what repairs need to be done, to estimate how much it will all cost to generally see the condition the place is in. talk to the sellers and ask them about renovations and your plans for the home.
Set a realistic budget.
Be very careful when setting your budget for the new home. When meeting with financers, ask for real numbers and not estimates. It’s useful to over-estimate on the costs because there are always things that came up which weren’t planned.
Ask for the cost of monthly utilities.
Before you make a decision regarding the location, research the average utility bills per month or ask the sellers to give you the info you need. This way you can see what it will cost to live there in comfort.