Before You Buy

Before you purchase a house, there are a number of things you’re better off knowing. You probably have a question or two (or a whole list written up) of questions about your potential dream home. Here are some of the most important questions that you should have at the top of your list.

What is the condition of the house?

Home sellers are obviously going to sugarcoat the answer. That’s why it is imperative to not only ask this question to the seller, but also an expert , whom you should bring to the house with you. Together, you can make a detailed inspection of the house. Most people don’t know all of the ins and outs of their own vehicles, which is why they seek the analysis and opinions of a professional mechanic - the same is even more true for a house. An expert will be able to see things that the layman can’t. What’s more, they know what questions to ask the seller as well, so you will get a far more detailed picture of the house’s condition.

Key pieces of information you should get from your house expert are:

● The condition of the house’s structure, including drywall, insulation, foundation, plumbing, and all aspects that relate to the house’s functionality.
● Key areas that may require repairs or replacements.
● Their opinion of the aesthetic appeal of the house.

What is the location of the house?

This is one of the most important questions to ask because of the long-term effects on your gas budget. It’s also going to affect the amount of time in your day going between work and home, will determine the neighborhood amenities, and ultimately, determine the final price of the home.

Do you want to live in a good neighborhood next to a good school? Do want to look out your windows and see a nice landscape? If so, make sure you know exactly where you potential house will be located. It’s not a bad idea to go check out the neighborhood yourself, talk to people, and look up as much information about it online as possible.

What is the house’s asking price?

There are a number of factors in your life that a house’s asking price can affect, namely:

● Your monthly mortgage price
● Your interest rate
● Your budget

And really when it comes right down to it, your stress levels are affected as well. Obviously, you want to know the price of the house before you purchase it. It is important to keep in mind that a house’s asking price is often negotiable. That means, it’s not always a bad idea to consider houses with asking prices that are somewhat higher than what you’re budgeting for. It could be negotiated down to meet your budget. Moreover, many homeowners are willing to work with your budget.

One of the best ways you can talk people down, or convince them to work with your budget, is to show them prices of similarly valued homes in the same neighborhood or close by. This shows them you have options, in which case, you may find they aren’t so willing to lose you as a potential buyer.

Rather than basing your bidding price off of the seller’s asking price, base it off the sale price of similar homes in the neighborhood or surrounding area.

Other Questions You Should Ask

● How much is the home insurance?
● How much to utilities cost on average?
● Can pets comfortably live in it? If so, how many?
● What is the age of the roof?
● What are the closing costs?
● Will the house include any furniture?
● How does it look at night?
● Is the garage big enough to fit my car? How about two?
● How noisy is the neighborhood?
● Why is the person selling their home?
● Does it come with a security system?
● What is the age of all major appliances?
● Can the home withstand adverse weather?
● What is the ranking of the local schools?
● What are the grade levels offered at the local schools?

After You Buy

You might have thought buying the home was the hard part. In a way, you’d be right. You aren’t exactly pressed for time or trying to figure out the best options within a given timeframe anymore. However, this is where some unexpected tasks might come in, and depending on the nature of your home, this can be relatively easy or relatively hard.

Hire a professional cleaner before moving everything in.

Usually, this will cost about $200. When you hire a professional cleaning company to deep clean your home before moving in, you’ll know that it’s as clean as it possibly can be. Trying to deep clean your home after moving all of your furniture and possessions inside is very difficult.

Set up and/or transfer the utilities.

Make sure your water, cable, electricity, Wi-Fi, and everything else is hooked up before moving in. This will make the entire transition process easier. Some of these can be transferred in a single day while others may take longer. A good rule of thumb is to have them set up roughly a week before you move in. Don’t forget to contact the post office for a change of address, and update your online accounts such as PayPal with the new address.

Of course, you should also cancel the utilities in your old living space.

Meet the neighbors.

This is a good idea for many reasons.

● It shows your neighbors you are a friendly person, makes a good first impression, and may even result in some new friendships.
● It will give you an idea of who you’re living around.
● It provides a level of security that’s better than living around total strangers. When you’re on friendly terms with your neighbors, they’re more likely to keep an eye out for trespassers on your property.

It’s better to do this right after you move in, rather than, say, a month later. At that point, you might just feel like too much time has passed so you avoid doing it altogether. This can make for an awkward situation.

Install a security system.

This is the ultimate thing that’s going to give you peace of mind as you sleep at night, or when you leave your house for long periods of time for work or vacation. It’s also a good idea to change the locks before you move in.

If possible, submit a homestead form to the local government

A homestead form will help ensure the value of your home is protected from property taxes and creditors. It is also a way of protecting the spouse of a homeowner who passes away.

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