When you’re in the market for a new home, there are five important things you must do during your search.
1. Ask to see the home’s utility report. This will show you how energy efficient a property is and give you an idea as to what you can expect to pay in monthly utilities.
2. Review the seller’s disclosure statement. This is something sellers must provide to you, as they are required by law to disclose any known problems with the property.
3. Check out the neighborhood’s crime statistics. If you aren’t familiar with the neighborhood you’re moving into, it’s a good idea to look up this local data online. This will give you an understanding of how safe an area it is.
4. Determine which school district the home is in. Buyers with children may find this to be an especially critical factor in their decision.
5. Ask about neighborhood home values. Your agent will help make sure that you avoid paying more than you should on a home. If a property you like does happen to be overpriced, this is something your Realtor will make you aware of.
If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.