Advice

What Not to Overlook When Buying a Home

(photo credit: s Ladin, sxc.hu)
(photo credit: s Ladin, sxc.hu)

It’s important to be thorough in your hunt for potential or existing problems before purchasing a home. I always advise my clients to have a home inspection to check for anything that could develop into a huge issue later on, but even with an extensive home inspection, there are things that go unchecked and unnoticed.

Coldwell Banker recently published an article advising people to pay attention to the trees on the property they’re considering purchasing. Trees are not covered under a typical home inspection, and sick, dying, or dead trees can cost a lot of money to repair and replace.

A home located anywhere near train tracks might be more affordable than others in the area, but that’s because you’ll have to get used to a very loud daily interruption. Buying a home on a busy street or near a landfill might also save you money upfront but can cause problems after you’ve moved in or when you want to sell your home.

All of these external factors will affect your quality of life, but they aren’t necessarily things that you’ll be warned about during the buying process. It’s important to be vigilant for the things that commonly get overlooked.

So I’d like to hear from my readers — what are some things you wished you had paid closer attention to before purchasing your home? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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