When you are buying a home, especially for the first time, there are some things you need to keep in mind, not just about the house and property itself, but about the roads, community and more. It’s a lot to keep track of, especially during all the excitement! Staying informed and level headed, though, will help you purchase a home you will be happy in for many years. Use this handy list of do’s and don’ts to help you make a decision on whether or not a home you are considering buying is right for you.
Know the house
· Understand the condition of the property before you buy it. Don’t purchase without a home inspection.
· Consider purchasing a home warranty. Not only can it save you money, it can give you peace of mind.
· When buying a fixer upper or a home that needs updating, estimate your costs before you sign on the dotted line. You want to prevent any overwhelming surprises and budget nightmares.
· If you buy a house with an in-ground basement, be certain to have a professional radon test.
Know the land
· If the land behind you is undeveloped, know who owns it. Don’t assume that it will stay undeveloped.
· Don’t purchase in a flood plain without flood plain insurance, even if it’s a 100-year-old flood plain. You just never know.
· Don’t purchase next to a water tank/tower – you will never be able to landscape high enough to cover the view!
Know the roads
· Know how your roads are maintained – by the county, community or you.
· If your property backs to a road, make sure there is adequate screening, and check sound levels during high traffic times.
· Don’t purchase a house at the top of a “T” intersection – you will always have headlights shining in on your entrance.
· Don’t buy at a stop sign unless you are prepared to watch cars come and go all day long.
Know the neighborhood
· Don’t purchase next to a fire station unless you are prepared to hear sirens at all hours of the night.
· If you purchase near a golf course, don’t purchase in the line of golf ball fire! Know the golf course layout – window replacement is expensive. Golf course lots located at the tee or green are safe and most desirable.
Know the community
· When purchasing in a community with an HOA, know the rules. Review the HOA documents to understand the restrictions before you move in.
· When purchasing in a community without an HOA, examine the community and how it is cared for. What you see if what you get. Your only recourse will be the county rules and regulations if there is an issue.
· When buying a townhouse, check the availability of visitor parking. Is it convenient and plentiful?
· Learn about activities, amenities and events in the community. Will these fit your lifestyle?
· Learn about the schools, public services, crime rates and other aspects of the community that will affect your quality of life.
At Jacobson Realty and Home Staging, we are familiar with the local homes, communities, neighborhoods and area. We are not just Realtors – we are residents. If you would like expert advice on where to purchase your home and how to hone in on the ones that would be perfect for you and your family, contact us. We’d be happy to help.