If you have been shopping for a new home, chances are, the only time you are free to look at homes is outside of regular business hours. Check-out the tips below to avoid buying a home that you will regret.
1. Nighttime Atmosphere:
- How is the parking situation?
- Are their street lights present?
- Do you feel comfortable walking in front of your home alone?
2. The Commute:
- Are you driving in the direction of traffic?
- What is your travel time to and from work?
3. Homeowners Association Rules:
- Are you allowed to have short term rentals?
- Can you have a BBQ on your patio?
- Where can you park your car?
- What hours is your fitness center open?
- Is water included in your HOA fees?
- Many, many more questions to review in your HOA documents
4. Specialty Inspections:
Home inspectors give you a general/surface level inspection of the home. If the inspector note's something that is not correct, they will have you see a specialist for more information. Some common specialty inspections include:
- Heating and Air Conditioning
- Septic Tank
- Solar Panels
- and many, many more!
Make sure to do all of your homework prior to buying your new home. Wouldn't it be nice if potential buyers were able to spend a night in their future home before actually purchasing it? This is how much research you really need to do prior to signing off all of your contingencies. Make sure you observe a potential new home in the morning, at night, on the weekend and if possible, on a holiday.