Buying a home can be an overwhelming experience. A house is a big investment, and you don’t want to wake up a few days after closing feeling as though you’ve made a big mistake. Buyer’s remorse is all too common — 86 percent of people surveyed feel some level of remorse after a home purchase. These home-buying tips from Duffy Real Estate will help you prepare for the buying process and avoid any last-minute surprises.
Find a buyer’s agent
It’s always a good idea to find an agent to represent you when you’re in the process of buying a home. The services of an agent are always free for the buyer and their insight and experience is invaluable. An agent has easy access to real-time information about the home and the neighborhood that might be more difficult for you to track down on your own. When it comes time to make an offer on the home, if you have asked the agent in writing for representation via buyer agency, the buyer’s agent has your best interests at heart and can help you make a good offer.
Chat up the neighbors
If you’re new to the Atlanta area or are moving to a new county — maybe from a familiar spot in Fulton County to less-familiar Rockdale or Pickens — you want to get a feel for the neighborhood before buying. The neighbors can give you the inside scoop on the house and the area, and can often provide even more insight than the agent.
Before you buy a house, ask around the neighborhood to get an idea of how safe it is. You can also ask if the neighbors spend time together, either during social events or as part of a neighborhood watch committee. A neighbor can also give you a better idea of why the seller might have put the house up on the market.
Get it inspected
A home inspection is part of the buying process. A professional inspector can unmask issues in a home that might not be obvious when an agent shows you the house. During the inspection, all areas of the house are looked at closely, from the heating and air conditioning system to the plumbing and from the roof to the foundation. The information you learn during an inspection allows you to make an informed decision about whether the house is right for you or if it has more issues than you care to deal with at the moment.
Finding the right inspector is as important as getting the inspection done. Your buyer’s agent can help you locate a qualified home inspector who has the right amount of liability insurance, training and experience. Before hiring the inspector, ask for references and to see a sample of past home-inspection reports he or she has completed.
The more you know about a home and a neighborhood, the better equipped you are to make a decision. These home-buying tips can help you avoid making a mistake when looking for and purchasing your next home.
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