Once you’ve gone under contract, you’ll want to hire a Home Inspector, but there are several things you want to do that have nothing to do with the house and more to do with the lifestyle that comes with the house.
This video has some helpful tips to consider:
So, aside from the home inspection what else should Buyer’s consider investigating during the inspection period?
Most importantly, you want to be sure you’re going to love your neighborhood, so try to meet some neighbors. Drive by on different days of the week and different times of day to see who is around and if you like the vibe of what will potentially be your neighborhood. If you see someone walking their dog, or checking the mail, stop and try to chat with them. See if there is any pertinent information about the neighborhood…ask about crime, noise and any nuisances.
Then go and do things you would normally do if you were already living in your new home. Take your dog for a walk in the neighborhood, ride your bike, visit the park. Go grocery shopping, get your nails done, get your Saturday morning coffee, find an ice cream parlor, grab lunch or dinner nearby. As much as possible immerse yourself in the area and make sure you like where you’ll be living.
If schools are important to you, then you’ll want to confirm the boundaries for the schools in the area and perhaps visit and research the school to ensure it meets your requirements. Don’t rely on what you’ve seen printed in MLS…there can be errors or changes in boundaries, so you want to double check that information.
Check out your commute to/from work and ensure there are no surprises with your potential route. Take your dog for a walk in the neighborhood, ride your bike, visit the park. Go grocery shopping, get your nails done, get your Saturday morning coffee, grab lunch or dinner nearby. As much as possible immerse yourself in the area and make sure you like where you’ll be living.
City/County/HOA Rules & Restrictions
If you’re thinking about making any modifications to the home or land, then you’ll want to ensure there are no restrictions that will stand in your way. So contact the Home Owners Association, if there is one, the city and county offices that oversee the area you’re buying in plus review the title records. You don’t want to buy a home and then later find out you can’t build that Guest House or add on to the garage or master bedroom due to set-back requirements or easements.
You can also go on-line and check out data for the area such as crime statistics and sex offenders. When you’re buying a Home, your Realtor should give you a document called a Buyer’s Advisory and it’s full of suggestions regarding things to research about your new home.
While performing a home inspection with a qualified inspector is certainly critical, it’s just one item to check off your to do list during the inspection period. And Seller’s, be patient with buyers during their inspection period and recognize that they are investigating more than just the roof, A/C, plumbing and electrical. They are looking to make your house their home and they want to be sure they like the lifestyle that comes with it.
For more tips and information, contact Holly at 480-266-8785 or Holly@Henbest.com.