But have you really thought the process through? Remember that buying a house is a major investment, and might probably occur only once in your entire life.
Before you make the final decision, carefully evaluate before taking the plunge.
Here are a few basics you might overlook: - Home Inspection Get home inspections for you and your family's safety, but also to help you negotiate a lower purchasing price.
This is a must since, virtually, every house has a defect - it's only a matter of whether it's curable or not.
Carefully check for wood-eating pests, and possible lead and radon contamination.
Try visiting at different types of weather, at different times of the day.
Does the water seep through the ceiling when it rains? Are the stairs already brittle and crooked? Ask a family member and a trusted inspector to help you with the process when you're buying one of the properties among the available Feasterville homes for sale.
- The Neighborhood Talk to your possible neighbors.
Get different viewpoints from the people who already live in your prospect area.
Does the neighborhood have a homeowners' association? Is it far from the school or the workplace? How often do the people around get to meet? Is it generally safe or is there a strict need for curfew? Determine if this is the kind of community you want your family to live in.
- The Surrounding Area You might not be aware that five blocks away from your dream home could ba a dumpsite, a commercial area, or even a shady part of town.
Make sure that the place isn't near any industrial or agricultural zone, so as to keep you away from airborne problems, pollution, and the like.
If you're near the local police station, airport or shopping mall, expect to hear a lot of noise at any time of the day, and maybe heavy traffic at times, too.
- Taxes Houses are continuously re-appraised and taxed at higher rates in some areas.
If the property taxes shoot up every year, then the great deal and investment you thought you had doesn't look too good.
Keep yourself up to date about several recent tax bills: ask around, take notes, and even go as far as researching local archives.
Some institutions, such as schools, are partially funded through the local property taxes, so you should expect that year after year, your taxes will regularly increase.
- Coordinating with the Sellers It's always good to anticipate any problem that may arise, and take preventive measures instead of learning the hard way.
Test the sellers.
Ask what problems are they aware of that the home they are selling has had in the past, even if these problems had already been fixed.
Communication is the key - and maybe you can get a lower selling price after a deliberation or two.