It happens far too often: homebuyers spend months searching for the perfect home. They finally find it and put in an offer that is accepted. Closing day comes and the buyer is so excited to become a homeowner.
However, once in the house, it isn’t long before they start to regret their decision to purchase the house. If you want to avoid homeowner regret, consider these four things before making an offer on the house.
What Happens When the Neighbors Are Home?
Many house showings happen during the day. Neighborhoods are quiet as children are at school and many adults are at work. You buy the house believing that you are buying into a nice peaceful neighborhood, but then evening hits on the first day in your new house and you quickly realize you were wrong.
If you want to get a good feel for what your new neighbors and what the area will be like before you buy the house, make sure you drive by at different times of day. Check out what the noise level is like and if it seems safe. Are there families out in their yards? Does it appear to be the place you want to live?
What Will Your Commute Be Like?
A rule to live by should be – never make an offer on a house until you have made your commute through rush hour traffic. Before you place an offer, drive from work straight to the new house, and leave your current home early in the morning to drive to the new house and then to work.
Can you handle that commute day in and day out? Don’t forget to consider how far away it is from the other favorite locations that you want to go to.
Are There Enough Bathrooms?
Having enough bathrooms can make a big difference in your everyday life. Homebuyers need to make sure that the house has enough bathrooms for the amount of bedrooms in the house.
Consider if you will be having guests coming to stay at your house or if you plan on having children in the future. If so, you want to make sure you have enough bathrooms.
It’s easy to get caught up in looking at the design of the house, things like the colors on the wall, the flooring style, or the kitchen light fixtures, but all of these things can be changed once you own the house. The important things to look at are the things that cannot be changed, or can be very difficult and expensive if you did want to change them. This would include things like the location, power lines, nearby factories, and the floor plan of the house.
Purchasing a house is a big decision, and you want to be careful so you don’t make a decision that you will regret. Consider all of these points to make sure the house really is the right one for you. Once you do that, you can make your offer with confidence.