If you’re in the market for a brand new home, congratulations! The prospect of owning a new house is an incredibly exciting one, but it’s important to be aware of what to look for in a new house, whether it is of new construction or an older house. It’s easy to make a house look good in pictures, but here are some helpful tips on what to keep an eye out for when you check out the location in person.
Watch for Eventual Repairs
Real estate agents and homesellers don’t often openly advertise the negative aspects of their homes. When you arrive to the house, even if it is new construction, be on the watch for signs of damage on the roof, faulty wiring or plumbing issues. These are things that have the potential to set you back big time down the line, and it is important to know what you find yourself getting into when purchasing a new home.
Location, Location, Location
The neighborhood your home rests in determines a great deal about the price, taxes and regulations regarding your house. It’s important to be aware of any out-of-the-ordinary local ordinances, any potential flooding issues in the area, and the general feel of the neighborhood. After all, if you’re going to be living there, you want to be in a place where you feel comfortable and welcome.
If You’re Not Sure, Bring in an Expert
Not everyone is an expert in home maintenance and repair. If you’re going to check out a home, either new construction or older, bring a friend or family member who might know a little more about what to keep an eye out for in the house. Signs of water damage, mold or improperly installed windows are things that the average person might not spot on first glance. You can even have a home inspection done before you buy a house to make sure there’s no surprises.
These are just some of the basics you need to know when preparing to look at new homes for sale. Do you have any other suggestions, or do you want to share your experience in buying a home of new construction or vintage architecture? Share in the comments below!