Tips Home Buyers Don’t Think About
When buying a home for the first time, buyers look carefully consider the price and layout. But, there are also a lot of things that buyers won’t even think about until after they have already moved into their new house. Here are a few home shopping tips to consider if you want to make sure you enjoy the use of your time in your new home.
The Direction The House Faces. The side of the street your house is on can have a big impact on the way you are able to enjoy your yard. In the Summer, the sun beats down on the West side of houses, making them very hot and uncomfortable. If you like having barbeques and picnics in the back yard, you don’t want to purchase a house that faces East, unless it has plenty of mature shade trees.
Do it Yourself “Projects”. Many first time home buyers buy houses that aren’t in a condition where they can actually be happy. They figure that with a little help from the Home Depot, they can do some repairs or upgrades to get things the way they desire. A few weeks into the project, do it your-selfers usually find that the projects take a lot longer than they had expected. They often find that all their free time is spent on home improvement projects. If you enjoy handiman work and home improvement, then there is nothing unfitting with buying a fixer upper. If you aren’t sure if you will like handiman work, then you may want to stay away from homes that require significant work.
Maintenance for Your Yard. Most first time buyers move from apartment complexes where others take care of the yard. Taking care of a large yard, flower beds and gardens, can be very time consuming. If you have plenty of time to spare, and know that you will enjoy doing yard work then this isn’t an issue. If you already don’t have enough time to do all the things you want to do, then you probably want to stay away from high maintenance yards.
Weeds grow, like weeds, and can be out of control if they are neglected for just a few days. If you don’t have time or desire for weeding stay away from high maintenance yards. Automatic sprinklers, small flower beds and garden areas, and perennial plants are a few things to look for if you desire minimal yard maintenance.
Buying a home for the first time is a big deal. In many ways it will become the center of your life. Think about how your life will change if you buy a certain house, before making an offer.