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A Common-Sense Approach to House Hunting

by Jeff Rochford 03/11/2019

When buying a house, especially your first home, it's all too easy to make impulsive decisions and fail to "see the forest for the trees."

Although it's impossible to ignore your emotional reactions to a house for sale, it's vital to look at the big picture and make sure there are no red flags being ignored or glossed over.

For example, if the foundation of the house looks unstable or the surrounding neighborhood is showing signs of deterioration, it's ultimately not going to matter how much you love the layout of the kitchen or the convenience of a first floor laundry room. Major problems can overshadow the desirable features of a home and have long-term implications on your finances (and sanity).

Even though the future marketability of a house may be the last thing on your mind when you're searching for your next home, it's a factor worth giving some serious thought to. When that aspect of home ownership is overlooked, it could result in headaches and possible financial loss down the road. While real estate generally has a tendency to appreciate in value over time, there are exceptions.

The good news is that many potential problems can be prevented by combining common sense with the advice of qualified professionals, such as an experienced, certified property inspector. If you're wondering what's covered in a typical home inspection, the American Society of Home Inspectors offers this overview: "The standard home inspector’s report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components."

So while inspectors can't look behind every wall or accurately predict the remaining lifespan of an existing HVAC system, they can provide you with a lot of valuable tips, recommendations, and insights into the condition of a house for sale. Working with a top-notch real estate (buyer's) agent will also help you avoid many of the potential pitfalls of buying a home.

While nobody wants to move into a "money pit," the likelihood of finding a home that's absolutely perfect and doesn't need any repairs, updates, or improvements is extremely low. Home buyers who are too focused on perfection may eventually realize that their standards are unattainable. A successful search for a new home hinges on the ability to distinguish between a minor cosmetic problem, such as an unappealing paint color, and a major problem, like a basement that floods regularly or a roof that's been compromised by storms, falling branches, or long-term neglect.

Although home buyers have differing expectations when it comes to repairs, remodeling, decorating, and renovations, one thing's for sure: Everyone wants to add their own personal touches to a new home and make it feel and look like their own!

About the Author

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Jeff Rochford
I am a native Phoenician and with my experience in real estate as well as my intimate knowledge of the local area, I work extensively to help buyers and sellers meet their real estate goals. For buyers, as a Phoenix area native, I have extensive knowledge of the metro Phoenix area from Scottsdale/Carefree in the northeast to Glendale/Peoria in the northwest to Queen Creek in the southeast to Goodyear in the southwest. I will search until I find the property that best fits your lifestyle. I will then help negotiate the best possible deal. I also have extensive experience with buyers who wish to purchase new homes. If you are interested in buying a new home you have the right to be represented by your own agent so don’t miss this opportunity speak to me before visiting the builder’s models. And best of all there is no additional cost to you. For those who have a home to sell, I will work with you to design a marketing plan that works best in this dynamic market. In addition to the traditional ways of marketing your home, I can expose your home on the internet to thousands of buyers. These are buyers from all across the country and around the world that can contact me looking to buy in the Phoenix area. Nothing gives me more joy than helping my clients find and buy that perfect home. I would like to be Your Realtor. If you are looking to buy or sell a home or would just like more information, please call me at (602) 369-7882 or just email me at [email protected] Thanks again for choosing MyPlaceInTheDesert.com ‘For Your Place In The Desert’ for Phoenix real estate.