If you are trying to find a house, you can be a bit confused by all the options available and all the things that you might be looking at. You might just be looking at the rooms and thinking that any house will do as good as another. However, there are certain things you should be looking for when you go looking at houses, in order to make sure that you make the right choice. Here are a few home-buying tips to help you select a great house.
Know What You Want!
You have to know what you want in a house. You can't possibly look at every single house in the area you want, for several reasons. You likely don't have the time, and you aren't going to be interested in all the houses you look at. Don't waste your time, or the time of your real estate agent, by looking at houses you know that you're not interested in. Create a list of must-have items so that you can focus on houses that you might actually buy.
Once you find a house that you like, think about the immediate neighbors. Your new home will not exist in a vacuum. You will most likely have neighbors. Those neighbors might be great neighbors, but they might also be a source of stress for you. Try to get some details from the current owners of the house, but you might also introduce yourself to the direct neighbors and a few others to truly get a feel of the neighborhood. Sometimes first impressions are the best, so think carefully about if they seem like nice people to have around every day.
You also have to ask what the owners will be taking with them. The house may look fantastic, until you discover that they plan to take all the major appliances with them or the beautiful chandelier hanging at the entry. Ask what is going to be left, so that you can see the house as it will look, should you buy it.
Ask to see the seller's property disclosure statement to find out if there were any major issues with it. Will the house need a new roof? New windows? These are the kinds of things to consider prior to making an offer. Just remember, your home inspector will do a thorough check once you are under contract, but it's nice to have a heads up on some things that may be disclosed by the sellers.
Look at the landscaping. You might not think that landscaping is important, but it is the first impression that people have of you and your home. If there is no grass/gravel, and skimpy landscaping, think about how you will be able to address those issues should you move in and what the cost will be.
Now that you've had a chance to read about what things you should look for when you are looking for a house, you should feel more confident to do so. The tips above are designed to keep you focused, and to help you find a house that not only looks great, but will be easy to maintain and easy to live in. Use the tips when you're looking at houses, and picking a new house will be easy.