Buying a house is an exciting step in your life, but it can also be pretty terrifying.
Having a professional real estate agent can help you navigate the home buying process, but you also need to keep a few things in mind when house hunting. Here is a list of 7 important things to keep an eye out for when buying a house.
- Roof - recognize if a roof will need repair soon. Having an older roof shouldn't make you scratch that gorgeous home off your list, but you should realize that you'll need to budget for a new one sooner rather than later. This is also a place where you can negotiate with the seller a little bit to see if they will lower the price to account for a new roof, or replace it before you purchase.
- Paint - if you absolutely hate the paint colors they use, look beyond them. Paint is one of the easiest things to change when you move into a home. So, don't get caught up on the color scheme. Look at the size and shapes of the rooms in the house, and the floor plan. If the paint colors are the only thing wrong with it, budget a few hundred dollars for move-in costs and repaint them to your taste.
- Heating and Cooling - older homes tend to have more spaces where your temperature controlled air can escape. These areas will make it more expensive on your heating and cooling bills. If you really love that house, just keep in mind that you will deal with these issues, or you can spend some extra money to get it properly insulated. Also, make sure of the age of the furnace or cooling unit. Knowing beforehand if you have to replace them will make it an easier pill to swallow.
- Dealbreakers - decide before you start looking at houses what things are on your NEED list. These are items that if a house doesn't have them, it is a dealbreaker. Relay this information to your agent so they know what homes to show you and which ones to skip. This will help you all cut down on the amount of time and energy you spend while house hunting.
- Plumbing - this is where a house inspection comes in handy. You might not know what to look for, but an expert does. Don't skimp on this expense (usually, it is required by lenders), get the full picture of your potential home before you buy it.
- The Land - be sure to look at the whole picture when purchasing a home. Is this picture perfect house in a flood zone? Does it have easements on it? Does it share a driveway with another property? Get to know everything about the home before you buy it.
- Smells - the smell test is usually pretty easy, but you have to believe your nose. When you first walk in, do you smell any strong odors? Pets, sewage, gas, mildew, and cigarettes can all be indications of smells you might not want to deal with. Trust your initial reactions and ask your realtor to dig a little deeper.
Now that you've got a quick list to remember when looking at those home, have fun! Enjoy this experience and take your time. This is a big purchase and something you will be living in for a while. If you need any help or are looking for an agent to help you through this process, call Robinson and Co. Realty (970) 858-9870. We can help you get in the perfect home!