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Last edited at 6:44PM on 3/15/2012
Location, location and location. Then good bones in the structure. You can easily change paint colors, tiles, floors, etc. You cannot change so easily the structure, lot or location, school district, etc. Also make sure it is structurally sound and make sure you do an inspection (cover termites, roof, etc.) The rule is it is better to buy the smallest house in a good neighborhood then the biggest house in a lesser neighborhood. good luck.
The first things to look out for when buying a house is the location. Ensure that the place is secured and the neighborhood is also convenient for you. Again check for situational factors like, the site of the house that is, is it on a hill or flat land. Check out http://interiordec.about.com/od/moving/a/a_topbuyhome.htm for details.
Black mold Dry rot Termite damage Have roof checked and when the roof was last done Ask how old the electrical system and plumbing are and when they were last done Find out if the house is in a flood plain
There are quite a few things to look for like location of the home as far ascrime area, closeness to schools, to where you work. Next you need to see if the home is in a flood plane,the shape of the roof (as far as how old are the shingles) Have the windows new or old as far as energy consumption. You can even go the the utilitys and ask for a print out os electrical bills for last threee to four years. There are alot more things to look for.
Spend the money and have a professional home inspector check out your potential house. Even though you may think you know what to look for, home inspectors *know*. My daughter had one check her first house out, it took an hour to do and cost about $500, but he found a few things that she never would've even thought to look for.
crack in foundatio, carpet, the slope of the lawn away from the basment to avoid pressure on foundation causing aging in stone/flodding into basement, insulation for proper heat in walls and atic, ask about recent work done/ any to home improvement? WHY?
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Last edited at 5:39AM on 3/17/2012
If you are interested in one, have a licensed inspector check it out. I bought an older home and am still paying for that privilege! Check out the neighborhood, schools, taxes, plumbing and electrical works. Termites are also an issue! How long has this house been on the market? Are you the only offer? Don't buy a fixer upper unless you have the additional cash to repair/upgrade it. A new house also needs appliances, lawn mower, garden equipment and more! Buyer, beware!!!!!!