By: Carolyn SmithThinking about hosting an Open House in your home? There are a few things you should know before you have your agent put out signs, buy balloons and bake cookies. Here
What Not To Overlook When Buying A Home
By: Carolyn Smith
Just imagine the excitement of buying a home with the perfect kitchen, beautiful backyard, and picturesque neighborhood, the house of your dreams. You sign the papers, pay the commissions, get your keys and start unpacking. Then as you and your family are sitting down for your first meal in your new home, you hear it and feel it…an airplane on its final approach to the airport, that is just around the corner. You think to yourself, “that can’t happen all the time,” and then it does, again and again and again. You should have done your homework, but rest assured it happens more than one would think.
The excitement of buying a home can often cloud buyer’s judgment and things that normally are noticeable or nuisances may be overlooked.
Make multiple visits to the home at different times of the day to see what the property is like at all times of the day. Is there a dog that barks all afternoon, does rush hour traffic create noise in the morning and evening, or does your neighbor have loud parties every weekend? Whatever the case may be, you don’t want to be caught off guard.
Pay attention to closet space. There is nothing worse than moving into your new home and realizing you have nowhere to store your linens. Coat closets, kitchen cabinets and pantry space are spots you may overlook as well.
Don’t forget about your future needs. Are you a newly married couple thinking about raising a family in your new home? Make sure the room that is perfect for a nursery will also be able to accommodate a normal size bed and further down the road a teenager with lots of stuff. Or are you downsizing, because all your kids are off to college? Don’t forget to consider your future grandchildren or occasional visitors.
Check out additional expenses. Ask the sellers to see copies of utility bills. If you are buying in the winter or summer consider what the bill might look like in the colder or warmer months.