Things to Look for When Buying a Home

By: Katie Lancelot

There are so many lists available online that instruct in what to do when selling your home, sometimes it also helps to know what to look for when buying a new home. After all, after selling your home, you are going to need a place to live right? So what should you be looking out when looking at a new home? Your realtor is a great source of information and will be a huge help during this process. But there are things that you as a prospective buyer should take note of.

Do your research on the home itself. This involves things like title searches and other important legal info. Also don't be afraid to ask neighbors at the home in question about the home. Maybe they have some info that the listing realtor doesn't have or doesn't want you to know. People that have lived in the area for quite some time might be able to tell you things about the home or the previous owners, not just the ones that you are thinking about purchasing from. Also it might be a good idea to find out about any plans for the neighborhood in terms of construction or development. This can help to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Make sure that you have the home thouroughly inspected. If the typical home inspector does not inspect for mold, then find one who specializes in it. Mold can severely effect the stability and integrity of a home as well as aggravating allergies and health conditions. Be sure to find out about any easements on the property too. Sometimes these are nothing too worry about such as the local fisheries department has access to the ocean/river/lake that your home sits on, or as annoying as government has the right to park excess trucks in your front yard, however that's an exaggerated example. This brings up another point, if your home sits on waterfront property, have there ever been flooding problems when there are high rains? If you live in certain areas this can also be caused by run off of melting snow from local mountains.

There are so many things to consider when purchasing a home, just make sure you take your time and make an educated decision based on solid facts and assets rather than basic your choice on pure aesthetics.

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