Things to consider when buying your first home! Friday, April 01, 2016

March 13, 2017

When buying your first home there are a lot of things to consider beyond what weekend to have the house warming party and who you should Tweet first about your awesome new pad! First you have to find the right home at the right price, and this is where these tips might help. First time buyers are often thinking about buying a house in terms of an HGTV program were after seeing three perfectly decorated, immaculately clean homes, they can make a low ball offer and walk into their dream home. Experienced home buyers, and Realtors all know this to be the exception, not the rule. But there are a few tips to keep in mind while starting your search that can go a long way!

    Before you begin viewing properties, make a list of "MUST HAVES". Consider location, style, age, amenities.

    Don't view too many properties in a single day. After a while they all start to mingle together in your mind, eliminating any chance to accurately pick and choose what you liked about specific homes.

    When you do find a house you like, visit it at different times of day, and in different weather.

    Walk or drive PAST the property before going inside. There might be a deal breaker right down the street that otherwise would go unseen until after you own the home.

    Do not, I repeat DO NOT be put off by interior decorating. This is something that can and most likely will be changed numerous times throughout your ownership!

    Make sure to find out what is included in the sale. Land, furniture, appliances, the owners pets or mother in-law.

    Don't be afraid to ask why the sellers are moving.

    Determine the annual property taxes, so there are no surprises later

    Again don't be afraid to ask how expensive the utility bills run. This could also be a very unwelcome surprise in those cold winter months or scorching summer days!

These are just a few tips to remember in what could be a long list of suggestions, but just remember, it is better to find out everything you want to know now, before you own the house! Happy House hunting!