There can be little doubt that the purchase of a new home can be one of the most meaningful and exciting events in a person’s life. But there are certainly several steps that most potential homeowners will need to take before signing off on a big mortgage. Here are just four important considerations to make before purchasing a new house and why buyers must always beware in the housing market.
- Where is the House Located?
In the current housing market, there can be little doubt that a house’s potential value over time will be in large part determined by its location. To illustrate this fact, simply consider that a vacant lot in Palo Alto, California recently went on the market for $9 million. Indeed, the going wisdom in real estate circles for decades has been that the least impressive house in a good neighborhood is better than the most impressive house in a bad neighborhood.
- Foundation Damage
If there is visible damage to a house’s construction, potential buyers may want to give a home purchase a miss. For example, cracked concrete or uneven and lopsided floors can both be signs that a house has suffered serious foundational damage over the course of its history.
Moreover, fixing these issues can be a major post-purchase investment that can add tens-of-thousands of dollars to a home’s “real” cost. If you don’t want to add to the already-sizable budget constraint of taking out a mortgage, in other words, it is important to be certain that there won’t be hidden repair costs to deal with once you’ve bought a new home.
- Water Damage
In addition to foundational damage, it is very important for potential buyers to determine whether a house has sustained significant water damage. Issues related to water damage can severely affect both future repair costs on a home and the well-being of the house’s structure itself. To put it mildly, no one wants to be forced to move out of a house that they’ve just purchased! Before you finish your first inspection on a house, be sure to examine ceilings and floors for permanent stains or other signs of flooding.
- Mold Issues
When given the chance to examine a house, potential buyers should definitely be on the lookout for issues related to the growth of mold. Red or black spots around sinks, toilets, tubs, or tiling can be signs that a house is suffering from serious mold issues; indeed, dealing with these problems can be expensive and time-consuming. More importantly, issues related to mold can also affect the health of you and your family.
While it may be tempting to sign off on a house that seems like a dream home, savvy homebuyers should always take a critical approach to invest in real estate. Adding huge repair costs to a mortgage can often strain a person’s financial resources to the limit. Certainly, that’s no way to start a new chapter in your life.