What to Keep in Mind When You’re Buying a Home
Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make, so you don’t want to do it without taking every factor into account and having the right team by your side. Many people think they know what to look for when buying a home. There are so many things to keep in mind that they often overlook vital information, not realizing what they’ve done until it’s too late. Don’t let this happen to you. Carlson Realty Team can help you through the entire buying experience, making sure nothing gets over looked.
For starters, consider the following list of things to do when buying a home:
ASK QUESTIONS- The more questions you can have answered in reference to the home you are looking at can help determine whether or not the home is a good fit for you and/or family. Such questions as: How old is the water heater? What do the utility bills usually cost monthly? Will additions and renovations you have in mind require permits? Has the roof ever been replaced, or does it need to be? These are just some of the things you’ll need to keep in mind and having a reputable team providing the right answers is key to a successful home purchase.
SURVEY THE COMMUNITY- Look at the neighborhood, not just the house. Buying a home doesn’t just mean purchasing a building, but joining a community. What kind of community do you want to join? Do you have kids and like the idea of living in a community that is family friendly? Or are you an older couple and wish to have a more quiet and settled down community? What kind of community amenities are important to you? It’s important to find out if the property’s surroundings meet your expectations.
MAKE SURE YOUR NEEDS ARE MET- Figure out what your priorities are for making your purchase a long term buy. If you’ve got a big family, for example, you should be buying a house with multiple bedrooms. Make sure there’s sufficient storage space. Take stock of what you have so you know how much space you’ll need. A beautiful living room or roomy bathroom doesn’t mean much if you have to clutter it all up with stuff that would be better out of sight. Everyone has a unique set of needs when buying a home, so make sure you do your homework prior to starting the hunt for your new home.
FINANCES - Get your finances in order before looking to buy a home. Don’t wait until you think you are ready to purchase. It is important to figure out how much you can afford. You should be aware that owning a home isn’t just about the mortgage. There are other costs involved from property taxes, insurance, association fees, etc. Next, figure out what you will need as a down payment. Getting pre-qualified will also help sellers feel more comfortable with your offer if you are ever in a situation where multiple offers have been placed on the house of your choice. Getting into a home that you ultimately can’t afford is a mistake that many make. So having your finances in order prior to starting your search will, in the end, make your home search less stressful and more beneficial.
This list covers many of the most important things you should consider when you’re buying a home, but there are other issues you should take into consideration, too. A decision this big shouldn’t leave anything up to chance. At Carson Realty Team, we take pride in making sure that all prospective buyers understand what they need in order to find the home that’s right for them. If you’re considering buying a home in the near future, we can help prepare you for this sometimes difficult but yet exciting process. Let Carlson Realty Team assist in finding the perfect home for you!!