When I decided that I was going to put my house on the market, I knew that I would have to do some renovating first. The house was a good, solid structure, but I hadn’t kept up the outside of it as well as my husband did before he passed away. I knew that I would need curb appeal if I wanted the place to sell quickly. I had my yard landscaped, my home exterior repainted, and my driveway replaced before putting the home on the market. It cost me a bit of money, but it was worth it – the house sold quickly and I was able to move into my brand new condo – much less maintenance work for me. I started this blog about curb appeal, to help others learn how to move their homes quickly too.
If you are on the market to buy a home, you most likely feel a bit overwhelmed and unsure of the process that you may soon be facing. Buying a home is an exciting time in your life, but it should be done with some prior knowledge about the way the system works so you do not become victim of a sale you are better off without. Here are some tips to use when looking at homes, helping you make the right choice.
Do Not Settle For Less
Make a list of the features you would like to have in your home. Stick with your wants when you look at homes. If your real estate agent tries to make you look at a home that is clearly not within your budget, tell them you are not interested. You do not want to waste time looking at homes you know you will not buy. Let your agent know your wants and desires and make sure the homes you will be looking at have the features you are looking for.
Check The Foundation
One part of the home that is very important to have in working order is the foundation. If you purchase a home with a slipping foundation, you will need to make expensive repairs to have a structurally safe home. Check the way the yard looks against the perimeter of the home and make sure it slopes away from the house, not toward it. This ensures the home does not have water pool up against the sides of the home, causing foundation problems.
Another way to check the foundation on a home is to see how the doors line up when they shut. Start with a door halfway open and watch to see if it shuts on its own or if it stays in the open position. When opened doors shut without assistance, the home is at risk for a serious foundation problem, since it is not level.
Check The Surroundings
If a home you are looking at seems to have all the features you would like, take a look at the neighbors and the town itself. Moving to an area with a reputable school system may cost a little more, but such an area is usually one that is safer overall. Crime rates are usually lower and the home would have a better resale value.
Introduce yourself to any neighbors, if possible. See if there are any concerns they have about anything in the area. The best way to find out about an area is to ask questions of people who already live in the area.Share
15 January 2015