Found the home for you? Look againby Tim Manni
Since the home-buying process can be a long and arduous one, there’s no better feeling when you think you have finally found a property that you’re ready to call home. But Jeff Brown, reporter for MainStreet.com, said that before you sign away on the dotted line, you really need to take second, third, or maybe even fourth look at this potential property.
“Ideally,” writes Brown in a MainStreet article that was recently published on HSH.com, “the buyer should set up a series of visits to make sure the home really is just right.” And that means multiple visits on different days.
Rain or shine
Let’s say you visited this perspective property on a bright, sunny day. That home and surrounding property might look completely different after a couple days of steady rain. Perhaps the front lawn doesn’t drain properly, and rain water collects in puddles. Or, the gutters could be packed so solid with leaves and debris that rainwater overflows around the foundation.
Day and night
What if you toured this property at dusk, after a long day at work? You may have missed the unobstructed sunlight that pours through the kitchen windows, making it nearly impossible to enjoy the morning paper and your cup of coffee at the kitchen table.
As Brown explained, maybe that back patio you fell in love with turns into a sauna under the midday sun.
Finally, what does your neighborhood look and feel like once kids are out of school? “Anti-discrimination laws keep Realtors from talking freely about numbers of school children, older residents and minorities,” wrote Brown. “But many buyers want to know their kids will have playmates, while others would prefer quiet.”
“You can investigate by checking out the bus stops. If the seller or agent doesn’t know, the school district can tell you the bus schedules for elementary, middle school and high school students.”
Your home will likely be the largest investment you make in your lifetime. And, if you’re a smart shopper, you’ll be shopping for a “home,” not a short-term investment banked on price appreciation. Brown concludes, “If you don’t find you want to go back over and over, maybe that home’s not for you.”