7 Things to Consider Before Buying a Home


Major decisions like choosing the home to buy often require sufficient research and investigation. Thinking about the factors to take into account before making a purchase decision can be a challenging task. If you do not know what details to consider before buying your home, here are some ideas you should try.

  • Warranty

Home warranties cover the cost of fixing damages to appliances that occur due to natural use over time. Many homes do not have these warranties, but in the last few years, it has become a popular addition. 

The question now is, is having a home warranty worth it? On average, household appliances have an estimated life span of about eight years. In most cases, they never make it up to that, with damages occurring as soon as within two years of purchase. This estimates that over 60% of appliance damages happen due to wear and tear. Buying a home with a warranty will save you the cost of these repairs, as your home warranty partners will bear the cost. Unlike insurance which focuses on damages from fires or disasters, a home warranty focuses on repairs and replacement of appliances and systems in the house.   

  • Location

You should consider the location of the house you want to purchase. Its proximity to your place of work, a school for children, and proximity to activities are factors to contemplate. While some people enjoy more busy areas, others may prefer quiet environments. Many people overlook this when going for a home and only realize after moving in that the location is a problem. 

  • Budget

It is no surprise that there are a lot of exotic homes on the market, and without care, it is easy to fall into a debt trap trying to purchase one. Taking your budget into consideration and showing restraint is necessary to avoid making a huge financial mistake. With some patience, you will find the perfect home with your desired features, which fits comfortably into your budget.

  • Estimated Future Value

The good thing about real estate is that the value constantly appreciates. Land, homes, and every other possible real estate asset always yield interest in the long term. However, unforeseen circumstances can arise at any time. You might need to make a sudden relocation for work or personal reasons, or perhaps an opportunity opens up, and if there is an urgent need for cash, you might consider selling your home. In whichever case, it is a good idea to find out its estimated future value. Ensure to also consider how easily you can improve the house to boost its value. 

  • Special And Specific Needs

A huge family with lots of kids would probably pay more attention to a child-friendly home with lots of space to run and play, while a small family with less or no kids might go for luxury over the former. This shows that needs vary from household to household, so every family should take note of their specific needs and buy a suitable home. Buying a home with no storage space when the family needs more storage space or a home without a gym for an athlete are both poor decisions.

  • Outside Space

You should also consider the qualities you desire in your outside space. Do you need a location for gatherings, kids, and animals? Possibly a garden? Do you prefer privacy or being near a park or communal garden? Homes can have features like ponds, streams, hot tubs, patios, swing sets, decks, built-in grills, and more. These amenities are appealing and practical for some homebuyers. Verify if the yard or other external areas of the house satisfy your demands.

  • The Condition of the Property

Check the condition of the property as well as its amenities. If the house requires structural work, it might postpone your move-in, adding stress.

Also, watch out for problems that can cost thousands of dollars to fix or replace. Damaged roof, uneven surfaces, plumbing problems or leaks, outdated HVAC or furnace e. t. c. may cost more than you can afford to repair.

There are many things to consider when picking a home to buy, and many times it is easy to get lost in the finer details. The happiness from moving into the house after all the hard work cannot compare to how stressful the process is. By taking time to look at these factors above, your degree of mindfulness as a potential homeowner is sure to improve.

 It is impossible to predict how the future will pan out, but in most cases, those who make the best choices are those who prepare extensively for it.


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