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What you should look out for when buying a house

Posted by Terence Davids on Sep 16, 2016 3:08:21 PM
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When it comes to buying a new home, there’s a lot to think about, especially when it comes down to the house hunting part. If you’re a first time home buyer, you may not always know what to look for when checking out your potential to be home. Not paying attention to the finer details prior to buying a house could result in you paying thousands for repairs that you could’ve avoided.

Inspecting the inside

The kitchen should be one of your primary focuses, as it’s the most expensive room in any house when it comes to remodeling (an average setback cost of $20,000). Bathrooms are the second most expensive, and quite honestly the most disrupting if you have to remodel while living in the home. Check for leaks and cracks throughout while also paying close attention to the ceiling underneath the bathroom.

Increasing costs of energy usage means that you want to find a home with an updated heating system. Old heating systems typically cost more to operate, and will also be expensive to replace. Figuring out whether the home uses central air conditioning or a window/wall unit can also be a decision-maker as you may want to move into a home with central to avoid the hassle of installing it later on.

Exterior analysis prior to buying a house

There’s a lot of people that will go looking at houses and jump straight from their car to the inside without considering the external features of the home. Be sure to check out the roof on your way into the home, does it look relatively new or is it caving in? A newer roof could also mean a lower homeowners insurance rate.

Parking needs are also important. Be sure to consider the driveway length and width so that you don’t buy a house with a driveway that your car(s) can’t fit in. Finding out about the street parking rules and regulations can also be beneficial.

Buying a house with help

Remember, along with parking, the entirety of your neighbourhood can be a make-or-break. Who lives in your area, what community amenities are around, etc. can all be useful when making your final decision.

Having a better idea of what to look for can go a long way, but having a few extra hands can also ensure you pick the right house. Working with a qualified real estate agent and a home inspector can help you find the right home with the least amount of deficiencies. Connect with Team Davids and find the house of your dreams.

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