The little things that count:
- Where the house is located on the block will have an effect on how well it suits your needs.
- Corner lots are usually bigger, but also noisier due to the increased traffic, whereas interior lots are normally quieter but closer to the neighbors.
- Look at where the house is positioned on its lot and check that the grade around it will provide proper drainage.
- Some structural and landscaping features such as balconies or a lush lawn may increase the value of the property.
- Real estate is all about location, location, location. That means the neighborhood matters, and it matters a lot.
- Don’t forget to check out the surrounding area, the condition of the neighbors houses, the community features, how close are the schools, hospitals, public transportation, restaurants, shopping, etc.
- Find out how long the house has been on the market. A long time probably means there is some problem with the house you may not be aware of.
- Find out why the seller wants to sell, and make sure their reasons don’t bother you.
- If resale is possible, remember to consider what most people want in a home. Resale is harder with the biggest house on the block, nothing too unusual or small, but a nice view is always a bonus.