Choosing your “Home”

Old or New??? Many buyers have this decision to make early on. What do you really want? An older house with charm, maybe some fine woodwork…  (Yes, it may be lacking some of the modern improvements and some energy upgrades…) Or do you want a Newer home with all the” bells and whistles?” but maybe no history…   Tough decision?

Maybe, but I always tell my clients: (Not necessarily in this order!)

  • Speak to your Realtor
  • Speak to your Attorney
  • See your banker or mortgage broker
  • Get Pre-approved, (Know your range)
  • Have a list with your dreams…
  • Look at houses, many houses…

One or more of these houses will give you that special feeling… (You will get the “Feel” that you’re home! That is when you arrange to get it Inspected! Choose your Inspector, ask many questions and move on…

Home Inspectors see many homes, all types and sizes… They have an idea where the weak points are in each design, in each locale and sometimes they may even be familiar with the particular builder. You may even be lucky enough to get an Inspector who has owned and/or owns the style you are seeking. Do not be afraid to ask.

Home Inspectors will check that house to determine if there are any significant issues. They will present you the good and the bad. You will have to determine if you will be comfortable with the findings to buy or move on… Newer Homes are not necessarily perfect! (I found Over $38k worth of “mistakes” in a $4 million dollar – Brand New Home! Never been lived in…) I have inspected many 100, even 200 year homes with few issues. Much depends on the care, (Love) given by their occupants, all After the builder was done… (I have also found some horrors… from Same builders!)

YOU will have the opportunity to make that building, that house, into Your HOME… YOU will have the opportunity to pass it on to someone else, someone who follows you. It will not be New anymore but it will have memories and hopefully you will have instilled some additional charm…

All this comes after! Let your Home Inspector have a chance to help you choose. Give your HI a chance to make sure the house, your choice, is worthy of being your HOME! I can usually hear the smile in people’s voices as they are making the appointment. Sometimes I can also detect fear, fear that I will find something serious… I always say, Let’s look it over together. I will tell you what I see, YOU will decide if it is serious, a real deal breaker… I get them to understand that NO house is perfect! All need TLC to make it a home. I help you find what it needs, and you decide how much you love it. Old or New there is a house for you… Get your Home Inspector to help.

 

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