The wood floors, gourmet kitchen, and spa-like bathrooms are all things you love. Remember that there is more to a property then just its looks. These are some additional things to think about before you submit an offer.
The idyllic street that you saw at a Sunday open house could become a commuter’s cut-through during the work week. A nearby grade crossing could cause frequent train horns to sound in the middle of the night. To get an idea of the noise level, visit the house at different times and on different days. Also, ask your neighbors about noise sources.
Although the seller’s disclosure notice might alert you to potential problems with major appliances or systems, it won’t inform you that your HVAC or roof are nearing the end. It is possible to estimate the time it will take for certain items to age properly. While a home inspector may be able to tell you if certain systems are in poor condition, it is not possible to determine how long a component has left. Sometimes, the date of installation may be visible or available in some cases.
Although homeowners associations are beneficial for property owners, they also have rules and regulations that must all be adhered to. Before you make a commitment to purchase, be sure to read all documentation from the HOA. You can’t do anything with your property if you don’t comply with city ordinances or codes. It’s not a good idea to discover after closing that your property isn’t allowed to park your boat trailer on the driveway, or that your house can’t be painted your preferred shade of red.
A view of the city skyline or hills can be a big selling point. Will that view be retained? You should check with your builder if any plans are being made to block the view if you buy in a master-planned community. To determine if the scenic view is at risk, check out the area’s planning. Remember that development plans and zoning can change at any time.
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