There can be a lot of preparation and planning required when you search for and buy a home. Buying real estate is a purchase you will make in your life that will affect you the rest of your life or as long as you own the property. So to prepare you, here are some important recommendations to help your next home purchase be a more positive and successful experience.
Complete a Home Inspection
The house you choose to buy will go through a thorough verification process by yourself and your mortgage broker to make sure ti is the right property for you. You look at the home's layout and amenities, including its condition, to make sure it is the best purchase for you.
Additionally, besides looking at the home from a financial and personal perspective, you should make sure the property is in good condition beneath the surface appearance, and all its systems and components are in good working order. For this purpose it is recommended to hire a professional home inspection by a licensed inspector.
Your home inspector should be trained to view in various areas of a property to make sure it complies with, for example, safety code for the electrical and plumbing to work properly. During the inspection, they will make sure the basement and foundation have no existing cracks or leaks. They will let you know of their inspection results, providing you with details and photos of any problems they encountered or damage that has not been repaired.
Be sure you hire the inspection well before you close on the home. This will provide you time to review their findings and renegotiate the purchase price and terms of the house based on any damage or necessary repairs on the property.
Consider the Home's Potential
Another important tip to remember when shopping for a home is to consider the property's potential. This can include the size of the home and if it has an unfinished basement, for example. By finishing the basement your property value will increase and the home will have more value and living capacity. You may also look at if the property may allow an addition off the back of the property, for example. This would increase its square footage and also its value.
You can also look at if the property has a potential to provide a rental potential with an income suite in the basement or above the garage, as examples. When a property has a second entrance that you can use in a rental, this will help reduce your overall costs on the property. Contact a Home Inspection Associate for more information.