Buying a home can be very emotional. Often times when we want something bad enough we forget or just plain ignore the questions we should be asking, causing us to end up with a case of buyer’s remorse when we realize the home is not exactly what we thought it was. Here are the first 7 of 14 tips to help avoid remorse.
- Visit the home at different times of the day- This will allow you to see the lighting at various times as well as give you the opportunity to check out what traffic really is like. What may seem like a quiet street could get very busy and noisy during rush hour times.
- Local news- Check with the city or county to see if there are any proposed projects going through your neighborhood.
- Neighbors- Ask the neighbors the pros and cons of the area if you can.
- Neighborhood association – Find out if there is one in your neighborhood, how often do they meet, and do they have community gatherings such as block parties? Chances are if they socialize with their neighbors, they want to build a community where everyone looks out for everyone else.
- Ask sellers about any problems – Even if something has been fixed in the home, it is always smart to ask questions about problems the home may have had in the past. This way if something was done to fix the problem you won’t inadvertently remove the resolution.
- Home inspection- You should have a home inspection done even if the home is a newly built home.
- Records of improvement- If at all possible, get receipts and records of any improvement made on the home. Though it is not always possible to get such records, they ones you can get will allow you to see what type and quality of equipment was used during the repair or improvement.