How old are the furnace and air conditioner? Major Appliances can be extremely expensive to repair and replace down the road. Appliances aren’t always included either. Ask what’s included and if appliances are rented or owned.
When on a showing, does it seem like the current homeowner has done what’s necessary to keep up with general property maintenance? Are there signs of pests? Shady repairs? Look for signs of mold around baseboards, window ceils, and ceilings. Is their condensation? Water stains?
These are all red flags that everyone should be on guard for during a showing. Little problems can turn into big problems down the road.
A newly renovated house always seems attractive, but ask yourself, will this floorplan work for you and your family? It’s hard to enjoy nice decor on new floors if the layout doesn’t work.
The condition of a house can be changed, the size of a house can even be changed, and we all know the price of a house can change. However, what doesn’t change is the location. Do you see a future for you and your family in the neighborhood? Is it quiet enough? Is the commute doable?