Ah, the first day of September. For most places, the weather will be getting cooler. For Florida, that simply means a few more weeks of barbecues and pool time. However, the pumpkin spice lattes will be available soon, school has begun, and the Fall decor is ready to be purchased at the store. Regardless of the temperature, it’s almost Fall time and maybe you are beginning to think about your move in the spring or early summer. Now is a good time to do some research before you begin the big search.
Purchasing a home is a difficult decision and it’s important to take your time, but also remember that no home will be perfect. When looking at older homes, remember that there will be quirks such as hidden closets, not much storage space and extra repairs such as plumbing and windows. Newer homes won’t necessarily be perfect either, the design may be beautiful, but no one has been living in it yet. Be prepared for both small issues such as the sink faucet needing to be replaced to potential big ones (again, plumbing issues). There is hope that with a newer home, there will be no issues, but it is best to be prepared.
If you feel certain about a home, ask your realtor to show it to you again. Open every door, look under rugs, sit down and take in the room. Sometimes when we first see a home we love, we quickly dream of spending holidays in the family room, hosting dinners in the dining room, or reading by the window. We forget to notice all the quirks and possible fixes in the home. Drive by the home at different times of the day to get a good feel of the neighborhood.
Once you do make an offer, make sure to get an inspector with great credentials and be present on the day of the inspection. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, even ones that seem silly. This is your future home and you want to make sure you know what to expect and that you can comfortably make it into your home.
House hunting can be fun but also overwhelming. No house is perfect, but there is definitely a house out there that can be your home.