Local Buying Tips

Checklist Before You Buy

Image 1Finding a home that you can see yourself in for the next five to twenty-five years is a great feeling. Don't let that feeling cloud your judgment and leave you with unexpected issues after the closing. Here are a few things to consider before you buy:

  • Hire an expert to do your own home inspections and attend them if possible.
  • Evaluate possible repairs/immediate improvements. Ask the seller to repair them or include the cost into your bidding.
  • Purchase an environmental report.
  • Know all of the vital systems that connect to the house (electrical, sewage, heating, air conditioning, garbage disposal, and water.) Investigate the ins and outs of these systems.
  • Perform an energy audit. Confirm that your budget will match what your new home is going to cost on a monthly basis.
  • Examine potential neighborhoods with a 24 hour perspective. Are there any dogs howling late at night? Again be sure there are no surprises.
  • Do multiple practice commutes. One day is not enough time to judge the next 5+ years of driving to work.
  • Consider your furniture, electronics and appliances. Will they fit into the new home or will you need to purchase new home furnishings?
  • Know the local political landscape. Are there any issues you should know about? Make sure you understand how utilities, schools and public services are funded.
  • Research the local area to understand its economics, climate, and variables that will be part of your long-term lifestyle.

If you're considering a move, or hear that any family, friends, neighbors or colleagues are, please feel free to contact us at 516-837-7558