Tuesday, November 19, 2013

What to Look for When Buying a Home

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Buying a home can be a daunting task. You want just the perfect space for the family, but there are so many factors to consider. It’s a big investment and a big decision. If you are first-time home buyers, the process can be even more anxiety-ridden, because you may not know what to expect or what to look for. It may seem like you have looked at every house in town before you find any that even remotely fit your must-have list and are in your price range. It’s easy to get frustrated when looking for the perfect home, but instead of giving up make a list of the pertinent facts you need to remember when searching for your ideal home. Here are a few tips to get you started on what to look for when buying a new home.

 It may not be nice to hear that word in the home search, but there is a strong element of reality in the process of buying a home. Sure, it would be nice to have balconies, a nice backyard, new windows, an open concept, and move-in ready features. However, it’s important to consider your price range against your list of must-haves and do some research to know what’s realistic in the area in which you’d like to live. If you go into the hunting process with realistic expectations, you’re less likely to be disappointed when your realtor leads you to houses you can afford. Know which items are absolute must- haves for you, and which ones would be nice but aren’t completely necessary.

Cosmetic Issues vs. Serious Issues 
You may walk into a house and be immediately turned off by bright, weird paint colors, when in reality those things are easy to fix. Try to ignore paint colors, carpet colors, a tacky choice of furniture, and other cosmetic deterrents. RE/MAX of Ohio can help you determine what pieces can be changed and which are permanent. Many items can be changed in a matter of days. Bigger issues, however, like an awkwardly placed wall, a new water heater, electrical problems, or mold can take serious dollars to remedy. If you’re willing to purchase a fixer-upper, be sure you know as much as you can about what you’re getting yourself into before you sign anything.

Location, Location, Location 
Pay attention to the location of the house. Is it on a busy street? Will noise prevent you from having a sanctuary in your home? Do you feel safe in the neighborhood? Knowing ahead of time what your noise standards are will help you decide whether the home is a good fit. These are all important questions to consider before you buy your home. Remember to not get discouraged – soon enough you will find your ideal home and you will feel thankful you took the time to think over the necessities to home owning prior to making your decision.

About the Author: Jessica is a writer who enjoys doing research on home owning and what to look for when buying a new home.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored guest post.


  1. It seriously is all about location. You need to be happy where you are.

  2. Location was very important to me when we moved here. VERY. And the other stuff fell into place nicely, luckily.