Before You Buy Checklist

new homeFinding a home that you can see yourself in for the next five to twenty-five years is a great feeling. Don’t let that feeling cloud your judgment and leave you with unexpected issues after the closing. Here are a few things to consider before you buy:

  1. Hire an expert to do your own home inspections and attend them if possible.
  2. Evaluate possible repairs/immediate improvements.
  3. Ask the seller if they will repair them or include the cost into your bidding.
  4. Purchase an environmental report
  5. Know all of the vital systems that connect to the house (electrical, sewage, heating, air conditioning, garbage disposal, water, etc.) Educate yourself on all the systems.
  6. Perform an energy audit. Confirm that your budger will match what your new home is going to cost on a monthly basis.
  7. Do practice commutes from the areas on your ‘wish list’.
  8. Consider furniture, electronics, and appliances. Will your current furniture fit in the new home or will you need to purchase new things?
  9. Know the local political landscape. Are there any issues you should know about? Make sure you understand how utilities, schools and public services are funded.
  10. Research the local area to understand its economics, climate, and variables that will be part of your long-term lifestyle.