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Before You Buy a House

Before You Buy a House

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Published by Louis Cepeda
A number of important steps you should take before buying a house.
A number of important steps you should take before buying a house.

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Published by: Louis Cepeda on Feb 23, 2013
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Before you start your search for your new home, be sure to get aclearer idea of your housing needs. The more specific you are inyour answers to the following questions, the less time you willprobably spend viewing unsuitable homes.
What style of home are you looking for?
How many bedrooms?
Are you interested in a den or family room?
How many bathrooms will you need?
How large of a kitchen are you interested in?
Do you prefer an older house or a more modern one?
Do you want to live in a rural or urban environment?
How much do you want to spend?
Are you interested in a corner lot?
How big of a front and back yard do you want?
Do you want a one, two or three car garage?
How much remodeling are you willing to do?
Will you need an office for a home-based business?
Do you prefer that the property be already landscaped?
What kind of heating system do you want: electric or gas?Buying a house is one of the most significant decisions youand your family will ever make and some planning ahead can onlyhelp the process go smoother. At the top of your list ofpriorities should be finding the right location; the type ofcommunity that is best suited for your family's needs anddesires. To get a better idea of the area you are planning tomove in to, schedule at least two or three exploratory tripsbefore making a final decision.
The desirability of a particular house should be the resultof what you find out about the community on these trips. Infinding the right location for you and your family, consider thefollowing points:real estate taxes.-up rates.strictions.Careful and proper inspection of the exterior of a houseyou are interested in purchasing can save you both money and alot of headaches later. The purpose of any exterior examinationis to find major deficiencies in the construction of the houseand settling the cost of repairing such defects with the seller.The first thing you should check out about the exterior isthe lot or the land surrounding the house.big to maintain or too small for your needs?
Next inspect the driveway and garage.automobiles?tool shed?problems in icy weather?If the house comes with worthwhile improvements like apatio or a deck, be certain that the improvements are in goodshape.-proofing?Although flaws in the roof are hard to see from the ground,look for tell-tale signs that may expose potential problems.
Are there any rust spots on the outside of the house fromimproper drainage?
Is the roof surface free of large dents or depressions?
Are there any loose shingles?
Do the gutters need replacing?Also, check out the condition of all outer walls andentrances carefully.
Is the paint full of blisters or chipping?
Are there any cracks in the walls or the foundation?
What is the condition of the wood in the door and windowframes?

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