Buying a new home can be exciting, exhilarating, and indicative of major positive changes happening in your life or your family’s. But, there are a number of things to make sure to check before purchasing, especially if this is the first time that you’ve gone down the home-buyer’s route.
For example, you always want to ask yourself the five questions – does the basement leak, are the doors and windows sealed, what are taxes like, is the home in a noisy environment, and what are seasonal energy bills?
Does the Basement Leak?
One of the fastest ways to get frustrated about a new home purchase is if you move in, only to find out there are issues with the basement. In many areas of the country, older basement have issues with cracking and leaking, and that can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage and a smell of mold and mildew that just won’t go away. So either have the previous owners hire someone to waterproof the basement, or be sure to get that done right after you move in.
Are the Doors and Windows Sealed?
Depending on the geography of the home, and how many doors and windows there are, you can ran into real issues with hot or cold air leaking in and out, not to mention moisture from rain, which, again, can cause major damage or just higher costs in energy bills as furnaces and air conditioners have to work overtime. One of the first things to do as a new homeowner is to plug up all those leaks in order to tighten down those issues.
What Are the Taxes Like?
You may have a certain number in your head concerning how much you can afford to spend on the purchase price of a house. But how do you know how much taxes will be each year? You have to be very specific in looking for that information as your making your initial interest known in a home.
Is It In a Noisy Environment?
Some people are very sensitive about sound where they live, so if you buy a home, make sure that you understand what kind of environment it’s in. Is there lots of traffic noise? Are the neighbors close by or far away? Are there trains nearby, or perhaps an airport? It’s bad to only find those things out later.
What Are the Seasonal Energy Bills?
And finally, unless you’ve been following a house for a full year, you won’t be entirely sure what kinds of seasonal changes occur, and the related energy bills. Especially if you’re moving into a new area, be prepared for different financial budgeting almost on a month-to-month basis when the weather goes from hot to cold.