What are the most important things to consider when buying a house?

To help you in your mission to buy a house, we asked business leaders and property experts this question for their best tips. From examining your windows to weighing the decision to choose a turn-key home versus a renovation, there are several things that are important to consider when buying a house. 

Here are eight important things to consider when buying a house: 

  • Take Note of Accessibility Needs
  • Seek Innovative Solutions
  • Examine Your Windows
  • Do Plenty of Research
  • Weigh Turn-Key Versus Renovation
  • Cover Your Bases
  • Check for Mold
  • Think Long-Term

8 Most Important Things To Consider When Buying a House

Take Note of Accessibility Needs

Consider the accessibility of the home to all members who live there. If living with elderly family members, consider buying a home where they can move freely. Take note of bathroom sizes, doorway width, entry access, and so on. If you buy a home with two stories, consider installing a stairlift for your loved ones so they can access the entirety of the house with ease. 

Liz Riggleman, Arrow Lift


Seek Innovative Solutions

Consider our mortarless veneer stone panels. As we know, building a house can be very expensive, so finding newer, more cost-effective materials can make all the difference. At Be.On Stone we use a new system, which enables us to provide thin veneer stones with prefabricated panels for easy installation. Not only does this save lots of time, but it also saves money. In addition, our products are made of quality raw materials that are environmentally friendly.

Todd Sriro, Be.On Stone


Examine Your Windows

Windows are often overlooked by homeowners, but they can make a huge difference in your value and quality of life. First, your potential home’s number of windows will determine how well the temperature is controlled. The age of the windows can play a part in this as well. Windows also provide better lighting and ventilation in your home!

Loren Howard, Prime Plus Mortgages


Do Plenty of Research 

Buying a house is a big decision so make sure it is something you really want before you buy. The worst thing that could happen in the home buying process is feeling home buyer’s remorse at the end. To avoid this, get a trusted realtor and do your own research to make sure you get the value you need for the money you spend. Purchasing a home is a big commitment, especially if you also have a mortgage. 

Rronniba Pemberton, Markitors


Weigh Turn-Key Versus Renovation

You’ll hardly find any new home for sale, and even if you have found one, it will burn your pockets deep. So, the age of a house is a substantial factor to consider while choosing your dream home and negotiating the price with the seller. On the other hand, if you want to buy a house that was built several decades ago, you should strongly consider spending a hefty amount on renovation. Consult your realtor to find the real age of the house as they know where to find this information.

Raaquib Pathan, FastPath Home Buyers


Cover Your Bases

At the end of the home-buying process, there are papers to sign. I like to make sure all my questions regarding what’s in those papers are answered and that there’s room for negotiation if I don’t agree to something. A lawyer helps check that all the contract’s details are correct. After the contract is exchanged, a building’s insurance comes in handy to cover the structure of the property.

Oliver Andrews, Property Claim Assist


Check for Mold 

I still remember the first time my husband and I went house hunting. We thought we found the perfect home, but we saved ourselves from a nightmare after seeing a little torn piece of wallpaper with heavy mold behind it. If you’re considering buying a house, check for mold! Ask the realtor when was the last time the previous owner replaced their HVAC system, and if they haven’t and you’re really set on this house, make sure you replace it as soon as you buy the house. You don’t know how dirty the air could be, and the last thing you’d ever want is to get sick from your dream home. Call an HVAC professional to inspect your unit to see if it needs to be replaced or professionally cleaned. 

Natalie Sullivan, Cooler Air Today


Think Long-Term

While people have steadily increased their mobility, a house is usually purchased for a long time span. When purchasing a home, you should keep in mind that in 15 or 20 years, you might want to retire in said home. Prepare today by removing hazards or simply purchase a home with fewer tasks. If you are in your late 40s or beyond, you should keep an eye on a house that was previously used by the elderly. This way, you get to the goal of either acquiring or acquiring and remodeling to your future needs in time.

Edward Briggs, Home Reviews


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