Finding the right home may be a process of elimination, but nothing beats the feeling you get when you know you’ve found the one. However, before you get caught up in the excitement and EMOTION of it all, here are five things to consider before you put in an offer. Share this blog with family and friends who are in the market for a new home.
Here are five things to consider before we write and offer.
1. Learn more about the community. When you purchase a home, you’re also buying into the neighborhood. Go online and read the local newspapers to gain an overall insight on the area. Drive around the neighborhood and talk to the neighbors. It’s also a good idea to drive past the home at different times of the day so that you can see how quiet or how noisy the neighborhood is.
2. See what amenities are nearby. While you are driving around the neighborhood, take note of any shops, parks, or other amenities that are nearby.
3. Get a sneak peek at your commute. If you are moving further away from where you work, try driving the distance from work to the new home and back during your usual commute time. This will give you an idea of how much time you’ll spend on the road once you’re in your new digs.
4. Find out if there are additional expenses. Don’t be surprised by unexpected expenses. Find out if there are supplemental taxes, homeowner association dues or other fees associated with the home.
5. Check out the schools. A good school district may improve your home’s value, regardless of whether or not you have children.