Feb 05, 2014
Are you a Wake County home buyer who is convinced that you’ve just found the home of your dreams?
If so, I encourage you to pause for a few minutes before you sign on the dotted line.
Before you move forward with a home purchase, you’re going to want to consider a few key things.
Purchasing a Home in Wake County, NC
It’s easy to let our emotions get the best of us when buying a home for sale. After all, home buying is a very emotional experience.
Not only are you making (likely) the biggest investment of your life, but you’re always investing in the property where you and your family are going to make new memories.
But make sure to balance that emotion with careful consideration of a few things:
Check out the home at different time. If you show the house in the morning, make sure to drive around the community at night to see if it fits with what you’re looking for and what you’re comfortable with. Are the streets well lit? Do you feel at ease? Is there loud noise coming from neighboring properties? All of these things are important to think about.
Browse news archives. This will give you a well-rounded perspective on any recurring issues that the community sees, such as problems with utilities or neighboring parcels.
Get to know your (future) neighbors. It always helps to chat with people who are already living in the community to see what they love and what they would want changed. Also, ask them questions about the ratio of renter to home owners and what the community is like year-round
Inquire about whether there’s a neighborhood association. This is a big thing to consider because there are definitely pros and cons to a neighborhood association. On the one hand, such an association would help maintain the character of the community. On the other, it means you’re going to be paying annual or even monthly fees.
Ask the sellers an array of questions about the property. For instance, talk to them about any problems that they’re aware of with the home. Ask if they’ve been fixed or if they’re planning to fix those problems before they sell the home. Ask if the home is prone to any recurring problems. By law, sellers must disclose information like this about the home.
Ask for a detailed history of past improvements to the home. While this may not always be feasible, it never hurts to ask. This will tell you when’s the last time the home received a new paint job or when the roof was replaced.
Request copies of recent utility bills. This will give you a good idea of how much you’re likely to spend in utility bills, which will give you an idea of whether you’re going to be able to afford living in the home. The same goes for water bills as well.
Check out the surrounding area. Remember, you’re not just investing in the brick and mortar – you’re investing in an entire lifestyle! So take a walk or drive around the area to get a feel for your surroundings and to see if it’s really what you’re looking for.
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While this may be a lot to consider, the good news is that you don’t have to face these things alone.
When you work with an experienced Wake County REALTOR® like me, Rachel Kendall, you’ll have access to expert advice, valuable resources and more!
Until next time,