Looking to buy a home? Reeds Realty can help you! Buying a home is a significant investment in your future and your family. The more prepared you are at the beginning, the less overwhelming the buying process will be. Before you buy, ask yourself the tough questions of what exactly you are looking for:
One of the most important tasks to complete before you start looking for a new home is to find out how much you can afford to spend. If you need to take out a loan, make sure you have a pre-approval letter from your lender. If you haven’t spoken with a lender yet, please consider any of the qualified professionals you can find on our Financing Page.
Your offer has been accepted! Congratulations! Your offer has been accepted, but before we can close many tasks still need to be completed.
What style home are you looking for?
What specific areas do you want to consider? School Districts? Condo? Subdivision? City? Country setting?
Are you looking for a certain age home? New, historic, etc.
How many bedrooms do you want/need? Bathrooms?
What are some important features? Fenced yard? Garage? Basement? Formal dining room? If you found a perfect home without that room/feature, would you adjust your thinking?
How far away do you want to be from work? Commute time?
You may elect to complete a standard home inspection or not. An inspection is helpful for you to determine and understand the overall condition of the property you are purchasing. In a standard home inspection, the inspector will take a close look at the homes structure, electrical, heating, and air conditioning systems and much more! The inspection will point out repairs that can or should be made to the home before you complete your purchase. Sometimes these repairs and costs may be negotiated with the seller.
If you elect to have it completed, many inspectors may complete a Radon Inspection for you. Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas, and if you are exposed to Radon, it may cause cancer. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that between 15,000 – 22,000 deaths per year result from radon exposure, therefore they recommend that all homes be tested for radon. EPA recommends that homes containing 4.0 or more Pico Curies per liter be remedied.
Private Well/Septic Inspection
Either a private authorized sanitarian or a county sanitarian will inspect the well to determine whether or not a private well adequately supplies water to the house. The sanitarian will then send water samples to a lab for potability (drinkability) analysis. They will also inspect the septic system to make sure it is up to current codes and functioning properly. Only homes that are not connected to city water and sewer systems need a well/septic inspection.
Obtaining the proper inspections for a home prior to purchase is one of the best ways to make a smart purchase decision and protect your investment.
At Reeds Realty, we will guide you through the home buying process to make it as easy as possible! We are always available to answer any questions and concerns you may have.