Making a decision to buy a home is a big step in homeownership, but also choosing the home's features and amenities can be an essential part of the process. But there are some additional details you should think about which can help you in the home buying process as you search for the right home. Here are some tips to help you in your home search and purchase decision.
Consider the Landscaping
The landscaping of the home you eventually purchase is going to be a part of the property's value, and you will want to keep it in great condition as you buy and move into the property. Regular maintenance of your new home's landscaping will require you to take care of it throughout the seasons, which can take some time out of your personal time. So you will need to make the decision if you will be willing and able to put into homeownership the maintenance of its yard. You can also hire a landscaping service to take care of the yard for you, otherwise, you may want to pass on a home that has a great deal of landscaping and opt for a townhome or other property with an HOA that manages the care.
Some homes have elaborate landscaping with shrubbery, perennials, mulch ground cover, brick edging, raised bedding areas, and an expansive lawn, as examples. Other homes may only have an area of lawn with a single tree in the middle. So, you can buy a home with a yard and have minimal yard care, but you need to buy a home that has a yard that you can take care of.
Look at Home Condition
Another factor in your purchase decision is the condition of the home you buy. Do you want to buy a home that needs some work to make it great-looking, which gives you the opportunity to buy potential equity? Or do you want a home that is pristine and every area looking its best? Some homes are older or historical and may be in good condition but will likely have some upcoming repairs that will need attention, so you should look at this potential if your dream is to own a charming 19th century home.
A great way to buy a home at a discounted price is to look for a fixer-upper, however, there are different levels to this definition. For example, some homes that need work may only need new flooring, paint, and new windows. However, a home may also need a new roof, repairs to its foundation, and a new sewer main, so be sure you get a home inspection to find out as much about a home's condition before choosing it as your purchase. Also, be sure to calculate its condition into your offer price. Reach out to a group that serves home buyers in your area.