Things we overlook when buying a house


When buying a new home, too many owners think that they are prepared with all the necessary details to make a good purchasing decision. But plenty of people will tell you that this is more often overzealousness than reality. It’s important than to keep in mind those aspects homeowners later regret not remembering.

As Bankrate notes:

“In their zeal to dot every “i” and cross every “t,” many buyers overlook less conventional but important “due diligence” issues when researching a home purchase, including those all-important neighborhood-culture issues that will frame their living environment for years to come. Many a new homeowner have found the daytime serenity of the neighborhood turning into a nightly storm of revving motors, barking dogs, late-night cut-through traffic and party houses, to name only a few.”

This is important to remember: No one is going to advertise a noisy, disruptive neighbourhood. Furthermore, even if they declare the neighbours pleasant, that doesn’t mean the road will be or that highways aren’t nearby; perhaps there are animals that regularly take residence in nearby parks.

When getting your home, another often overlooked feature has to do with what homeware will be available. Too often, homeowners assume the furniture and other items they see will remain. But it’s important to find out just what is included in the sale.

Another important and related detail is to focus on the kitchen. As suggests:

“Ask whoever does most of the cooking in your household to make a wish list for the kitchen. Does he or she prefer to work on a gas stove? If so, be sure to check for one, and failing that, ask if the house is connected to a gas line so that you can add your own gas stove. Other things to consider in the kitchen could include its shape or layout, natural light, number of sinks, storage area and overall size.”

It’s not unheard of for owners to literally take the kitchen sink with them when they leave.

Finally, you must consider the tax man. As Tommy Sibiga advises on “I would encourage every potential buyer to look beyond the asking price, and think about the expenses that may seem minor, but are still important – closing costs, utility bills, privacy, and maintenance/repairs, just to name a few. “

All these add up to a better experience for potential homeowners and prevents disappointment in the future.

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