Buying a new home can be a very exciting time in a person’s life. There are many considerations one should be aware of before taking the plunge into new homeownership. Before you make this huge life investment, you should ask yourself the following questions:
Can I afford a new home?
When buying a new home, you have to consider the financial implications of homeownership. You have to consider the mortgage payments, the down payment, fees such as closing costs and lawyer expenses, taxes, and other costs. Use an online financial calculator that takes your income and debt and calculated it to determine how much you can afford.
Does the new home meet my requirements?
Make a list of all your needs. Consider children and pets. Are there enough bedrooms and bathrooms? Is the yard big enough for a pet? Do you need a home office? If you have children, check to see if parks and schools are close by. Do you have to travel a long distance to work? What is the crime rate like in the neighborhood? How close is your home to supermarkets and malls? Is there a neighborhood development association that imposes strict rules?
Are there any hazards?
Check to see if the home is in a high-risk area such as flooding, earthquakes, tornados, and hurricanes. You may have to pay higher insurance premiums. Also, find out what home inspections are needed.
What are the sale closing costs?
Closing costs are the costs associated with the sale transaction. This can include fees for legal documents, recording deeds, escrow fee, real estate commission fee, reconveyance fee, and Title Insurance.
Is the exterior of the house in good condition?
When assessing the exterior of the house, ask such questions as: What materials were used for the exterior? Do the trim or sidewalls require painting? Is weather-stripping installed? Do windows and doors have insulated glass or storm windows? What is the condition of the gutters? Is the foundation in good condition? Is the ground sloped away from the foundation? What material is used for the foundation?
Is the interior of the house in good condition?
Are there cracks in the walls and/or ceilings? Has the interior been recently painted?
Are the kitchen cabinets installed properly? Do the doors open and close properly? Are there exhaust fans in the kitchen and baths? Is the interior trim in good condition? What is the condition of the door knobs and locks? Are there any visible structural defects? Is the attic area insulated? Are there any sloping floors in the home? Is there an attic fan for ventilation?