Questions To Ask Before Buying Or Building A Home

Buying a pre existing home or building a new one is a huge decision! The first thing you must decide on, and perhaps the biggest and most frustrating thing, is location! Choosing a location for your dream home can be tough- there are so many factors to consider. Choosing a location for your family home isn’t like buying a pair of shoes.

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Once the decision is made, its pretty permanent so its important to do your location research and ask a ton of questions! When choosing a home location, you can never do too much research or ask too many questions. The process can be overwhelming and its can be hard to remember all the important questions to ask. Today we’re going to help you out by talking about 7 questions that you should absolutely be asking before purchasing or building a home.

7 Questions To Ask Before Buying Or Building A Home-

1. Are there sex offenders or child predators in the area? This question is very important- especially if you have children. Fortunately, this is an easy one to research. The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office has made it easy to find out. They’ve got the link to the sex offender registry right on their website. This questions is way too important to skip over!
2. Is the property sloped? Is the driveway super long, hilly, or sloped? If you live in an area that tends to get lots of rain, snow, or ice these questions can be crucial. If the home is situated at the bottom of a long sloping driveway or hill and you get a lot of rain, you could be at an increased flood risk. If your driveway is hilly or sloping and you get lots of snow and ice in the winter, you could be stuck in your house for days at a time in case of inclement weather. This question is also important if you’ve got kids. A sloped or hilly driveway or lot can make it difficult or dangerous for them to play.
3. How are the nearby schools? If you have kids, this question is fairly obvious. If you don’t have kids, this question is still important!! If you ever plan on selling your home, the people purchasing the home from you may have kids so this will weigh heavily on their decision. Kids or no kids, school rankings will affect your property value. Better schools equal higher home values. GreatSchools.org can be a big help!
4. How are the gutters? This question is important if you’re buying a home that’s already built. Many times, gutters get overlooked, but if you end up with bad gutters, it can end up costing you thousands of dollars! Oftentimes, gutters are nearly $5,000 to replace. If leaky or damaged gutters have caused any additional water damage or rot to your home, you’re looking at spending thousands of dollars more.
5. How noisy is the neighborhood? If noise doesn’t bother you, you should still do some research on this! Similar to the schooling issue, just because something isn’t important to you doesn’t mean its not important to future home buyers if you sell your home. Many people want their home environment to be fairly quiet. To get the most accurate representation of how much neighborhood noise there is, you should drive by the home and check it out at various times. Day time during the week, evenings during the week, day time during the weekends, and evenings during the weekend.
6. What would your commute to work be like? What about other places you frequent? Its a good idea to take into consideration how long it will take you to get to places that you frequent. Work, the gas station, the grocery store, church, and your child’s pediatrician are all good examples of commutes to consider.
7. What kind of condition are the appliances in? What kind of appliances would you like to have? If you’re buying a home that is pre existing, you should absolutely check on the age and condition of the appliances. Appliances are extremely important, as they get used almost daily. Appliances can also be expensive to repair or replace if they’re in bad condition. If you will need to replace the appliances immediately upon moving in, this could affect the value of the offer you and your agent want to put in on the house. If you’re building a new home, make sure you take your time, do your research, and choose appliances you’ll truly be happy with.
Choosing a home or building a home can be an overwhelming process, but it should be a fun and exciting one! If you’re ready to begin building the home of your dreams, call Riverstone Homes today and ask for Jamey!
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