3 Things First-Time Homeowners Should Avoid When Buying A House

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Are you thinking about buying a home for yourself and your family? Will this be the first time that you've ever bought a house? Buying a home can be an exciting time for anyone. You've probably already made a list of features that you want your new home to have, such as a certain number of bedrooms or having a large yard, but you probably haven't given much thought to things that you should be avoiding when it comes time to choose which house to buy. While there are some specifics that can vary depending on personal tastes, some of the most important things that you need to avoid are as follows:

Musty smell: There is a difference between a house that smells like it is vacant and one that actually smells musty. Unfortunately, this difference can sometimes be masked by the use of air fresheners. Homes for sale that smell dusty or unused are typically fine. However, a musty smell can be an indication of a serious problem. At best, it probably indicates that there is mold growing somewhere in the home. At worst, it can be an indication of dry rot. In order to avoid a later surprise, you should either have the house fully inspected before making an offer or you should simply move on to looking at different houses.

Damaged gutters: If you've never owned a house before, damaged gutters may seem to be no big deal. After all, it's not uncommon for gutters to get damaged during a storm and to need repairs. But when you are looking at homes for sale, you have no idea how long the gutters have been in disrepair. It could be just a couple weeks, it could be years. Gutters that are damaged can cause a leaky basement or allow water to back up onto the roof and cause a roof leak. You can specify that these issues get fixed before the actual purchase goes through, but it may be easiest to simply avoid a home that has damaged gutters.

Untidy yard: When looking at homes for sale during autumn, there are bound to be falling leaves and the various plants going into hibernation, leaving the yard to look less than perfect. There is likely nothing wrong with this since it's perfectly natural for plants to behave in this manner during the fall season. But if you go look at a home during spring or summer and find similarly dead plants, untrimmed trees or bushes, and various weeds growing around, this can be an indication that the home has been neglected for a while. If you're not willing or able to put in a lot of time and effort into making the yard presentable again, you may want to consider looking elsewhere for a home to buy.

To learn more, contact a brokerage like NWRE Brokers. 

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