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  • Writer's pictureBob and Kathy Parmenter

Top 10 things to check before buying a home

Updated: Aug 26, 2023

  1. Location: Before buying a home, it's important to consider the location and the neighborhood. Look for a safe and secure area with good schools, access to public transportation, and local amenities.

  2. Home Inspection: A thorough home inspection will reveal any potential problems with the property, such as structural issues, electrical or plumbing problems, or pest infestations.

  3. Zoning Regulations: Make sure to check the zoning regulations of the area to ensure that any future changes won't negatively impact your property value.

  4. Budget: Determine a realistic budget for your home purchase and ensure that the property you are considering falls within your budget.

  5. Property Size: Consider the size of the property and the number of rooms to ensure that it meets your needs and those of your family.

  6. Age of the Home: Older homes may have character and charm, but they also come with potential problems, such as outdated electrical or plumbing systems, or roofing issues.

  7. Energy Efficiency: Check the energy efficiency of the home, including insulation, windows, and heating and cooling systems, to save on energy bills in the long run.

  8. Future Plans: Consider your future plans when buying a home. For example, if you plan to start a family, you may need a larger home with more bedrooms, or if you plan to retire, you may want a home with a single-story layout.

  9. Resale Value: Consider the resale value of the home and the potential for appreciation over time. Research the local real estate market to ensure that you are making a good investment.

  10. Homeowner's Association (HOA) Fees: If the property is part of a homeowners' association, review the HOA fees and regulations to ensure that they are reasonable and that you are comfortable with the restrictions and requirements.

Buying a home is a big investment, so it's important to do your due diligence and research all aspects of the property before making a decision.

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