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What to Look For When Buying

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Owning a house is one of the biggest financial decisions of your life, so being thorough prior to buying ensures ongoing happiness with your purchase. Guarantee your success by first going over a checklist of what you should look for when viewing a property.

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Location is everything

Your first decision to make is in regards to location. What's important to you? Do you need to be near shopping centers or schools? Do you mind being on a busy street, or would you prefer a quiet cul-de-sac?

Functionality and curb appeal

Once you know where you want to live, you can begin going over exterior features. The house should be in functional order, with a reliable roof, and doors and windows that work properly. Check the foundation for damp and cracks. Horizontal cracks can often signify something more serious, while signs of wetness can create critical foundation and structural problems later.

The interior should function just as effectively as the exterior. Check for signs of water leakage, both under sinks and on ceilings and walls, and look to see if there are any stains in sinks and tubs. There should be adequate electrical outlets for your needs, and appliances and utilities should be in working order. If they aren't, this is an added expense for you to consider when making your purchase.

While cosmetic concerns may first catch your eye, don't let yourself be swayed by them. It's more important the house suits your everyday needs. Superficial improvements are usually cheap and fast after a purchase.

Is it the right size?

Inside, determine if the floor plan is suitable for your family. Are the rooms big enough? Are they optimally laid out for your needs? If it doesn't satisfy your requirements, ask yourself if additions or remodeling is something you can consider, either time-wise or financially.
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