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What to Look For Before You Purchase a House

CT  XX 78522893My whole life I have always been into real estate. I am not sure what exactly it is about it, but I enjoy looking at different homes and coming up with plans. Now that I’m a married adult, and my husband and I are hopefully soon going to be in the market to purchase our first home, it is very exciting and everything is taking on a whole new meaning. Keeping that in mind, there is a home buyer checklist so to speak that everyone should see before they sign a purchase agreement on a home.

The first item on the checklist has to do with money. You want to not only keep in mind the asking price, but also consider what sort of real estate taxes will also be involved. This is something that a lot of people overlook. They focus so much on the asking price, and forget there are other components such as real estate taxes and closing costs.

The second item on the checklist has to do with the neighborhood where the home is located. You want to live in a good location. Keep in mind the home’s proximity to places such as your work, schools, shopping, expressways, public transportation, doctors/dentists and churches. Also pay attention to what the neighborhood is like in regard to sidewalks, streets and street lights. These are little details people often overlook. If living on a well-lit street is important to you because you always get home late at night, then make sure there are plenty of street lamps. Also consider the traffic volume the neighborhood receives and if there are any parks if that is something that is important to you. We all know that the neighboring properties affect our own property value so notice if those around you seem to upkeep their yards and property. Although this might seem small, this could make a huge difference. Plus I am sure that you want to look at neighbors that have aesthetically pleasing features.

The third item on the checklist has to do with the actual house itself. You want to keep in mind the age of the home you are considering to buy. This will let you know what sort of potential work you will face and when. Notice what kind of framing the house has, whether it is wood or brick. Depending on where you live, different materials might make more sense in order to keep your home in good maintenance. Make sure and pay attention to the condition of the roof and foundation as these are big ticket items when it comes to functionality of the home and are typically very costly repairs. If you are looking at purchasing a home that has some roof damage, you will want to call someone in to take a look. Advantage Roofing and Exteriors are just the people. They are dedicated to keeping homes strong and secure so they offer: roofing replacement, roofing repairs and remodeling, window repairs, siding repairs, gutter repairs and even insulation installation. They are a locally owned company that provides superior workmanship so if you are falling in love with a home that could use some repair work, consider calling them today to come out and take a look. 

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