It is normal to be focused on what a home looks like on the inside and spend only a few moments considering its curb appeal. Although you won’t spend as much time looking at the outside as the inside, there are some things on the outside you should consider and take note of when buying a house. Otherwise, you could find significant cash outlays after closing that you didn’t plan for. Here are some of the things you should consider.
- Outdoor Living Space – Spending time outdoors is important to most families, so you’ll want to check to be sure there is adequate space and the home’s orientation is conducive to enjoying that space without being baked in the sun during the summer or missing out on beautiful sunrises and sunsets.
- Landscaping – Consider how much time, effort, and money you want to spend on landscaping when assessing a home. A beautiful landscape could be a draw, but often the more complex it is, the more care it needs to stay looking nice. On the other hand, if the landscaping is in poor condition, you should use that as a negotiating item so you can get it restored after closing.
- Problem Indicators – When buying a house, you should be keeping a close eye on things that can indicate a problem. For example, a soggy area or extra lush area can indicate a septic or sewer problem. Take care to look at the trees, as treating diseased trees or having them removed is a cost you need to know ahead of time.
The best tip of all when buying a house is working with a professional real estate agent. Here at Ring the Bell Realty, we know it is easy to overlook items both indoors and out when you are going through the exciting process of buying a house. That is why we start by getting to know you and your expectations, and then put attention to detail to work to help you notice everything about a property. Call us today to learn more about our commitment to making your experience the best so you’ll be “home sweet home” before you know it.