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Homebuying Tips For New Home Buyers

homebuying tips for lexington sc home buyers

How exciting …you’re buying your first home!


The life-changing event of purchasing a new home can be both exciting and overwhelming. With homebuyer horror stories of houses plagued with mold, leaky roofs or worse, it's no wonder some homebuyers get cold feet. As a prospective home buyer, you can save yourself a lot of headaches by taking emotion out of the home buying process and look for those red flags that can cause you problems down the road.

It’s easy to overlook problems in a home when you become emotional and overwhelmed with feelings that it’s your dream house and you have to have it. This could lead to facing more significant problems after you sign on the dotted line.

Before you make up your mind to buy, it’s important that you detach yourself from the house and look for potential problems that could ruin the home buying process.

  1. Some of the most important things you should be aware of when viewing a home are the conditions and ages of such items as the hot water heater, furnace, and roof. You should also pay attention to the foundation of the house and look for structural problems.
  2. Foundation issues are costly to correct, so pay close attention in the basement to see if there are cracks or crevices that indicate structural, foundation problems. If there’s no basement in the home so you can look for issues, check the door frames in the home.
  3. Check to see if the doors close properly and are aligned as they should be. If not, you could have structural problems. If you suspect any issues involving the foundation, hire a structural engineer to perform an inspection on the home.
  4. Pests and insects can also become problems after you move in. Wood-destroying insects can severely damage a home and cost you thousands of dollars to repair. Pests to look for include carpenter ants, termites, and powder post beetles.
  5. Note if fresh paint has recently been used to hide a small portion of a wall or ceiling. Although some people may paint an entire room to freshen it up before selling, small sections of fresh paint may be cause for concern.
  6. A foul odor in the home or super sweet smells indicating that a cover-up scent is being used could also be a red flag. Take notice if there are plug-in air fresheners, candles and other items that indicate a bad odor could be present.
  7. Electrical issues may be a problem – especially if the home is older. Some older homes still have knob and tube wiring which can trigger a problem – and some have old electrical panels that still use fuses. Check out light switches, outlets, and lights that flicker when turned on.
  8. Don’t fall in love with the home until you’ve checked out the neighborhood. When there are many homes for sale, or you notice that residences or businesses have been boarded up, you could risk putting lots of money into a bad investment.
  9. There should be no rooms in the home that you can’t enter, but if there are and you really like the home, ask to see those rooms later. Windows that appear foggy might indicate water between the double-paned windows. Also, test the windows to be sure they open and close properly.

As a first time home buyer, it’s important to look for those red flags – but be sure and hire a home inspector to look for any problems you may not have seen.

If you’ve found yourself in the first time, home buyers club give your Lexington, SC Realtor a call and let us help you through the home buying process.

Weichert Realtors – Caughman Company | 120 Ellis Ave Suite C |Lexington, SC 29072 | 803.622.4596

Checklist for Selling a House in Lexington, SC

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Property Checklist for Preparing Your House for Sale in Lexington, SC

 

Over the years you’ve created a home that matches your personality, it’s a part of who you are, and probably reflects your personal style. While that’s the perfect scenario for living in your home, it is not the ideal atmosphere for selling your home.

Most home sellers make the mistake of assuming the way they live in their home is the way it should be when selling. Unfortaualty it’s not. Homebuyers are not looking for a house that they can fit in to.  They are looking for a home in which THEY will feel comfortable and can envision themselves living in. This may sound like a minor distinction, but it is crucial in the home selling process. If you can wrap your head around this fact, you will have a much better selling experience.

First and foremost, you must understand that people have different tastes. The particular chandelier or wall color that made your home yours may seem appealing to you, but not to all buyers. Emotionally, you must be prepared to replace or put away those things that you hold dear.

Remember, when selling a home it is a product to be sold and nothing else. Before you list your home take some time to make your home show worthy and consider doing a FREE Market Analysis on your home

We’ve come up with a checklist for selling a house that you can use to get started:

  • Put a fresh coat of paint on the front door. – First impressions are important.
  • Tone down colorful walls. Soft muted colors with minimal accessories are what you should aim for. 
  • Clean up closets – sellers look.
  • In the bathroom, bright white towels and sparkling clean sinks and showers will do wonders to sell a most personal space. 
  • Clean up garages – sellers consider it a sign of how you took care of the home.
  • Clean the refrigerator – make it spotless. We are talking surgical room spotless.
  • Same goes for the oven.
  • If you have an attic, clean and organize it. Buyers will look everywhere.
  • Make sure all light bulbs work.
  • Fertilize the yard a few weeks before listing the home.
  • Plant new colorful flowers, trim shrubs and be sure the lawn stay mowed and manicured.
  • Repair leaky faucets.
  • Consider replacing worn or old fixtures.
  • Clean the windows.
  • Remove all accessories, pictures and personal belongings that reflect your personal style.

Again, the goal is not to show a home you enjoy living in. The goal is to show a home the buyer could be comfortable living in. Try and remember when selling your home, it’s not about you anymore, it’s about the buyer and what you need to do to make your home as appealing to them as possible. Take some time and work through the checklist for selling a house and then call us, your Lexington, SC Realtor.

Weichert Realtors – Caughman Company | 120 Ellis Ave Suite C |Lexington, SC 29072 | 803.622.4596

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Charles Caughman
Weichert Realtors Caughman Company
120 Ellis Ave Ste C
Lexington, SC 29072
Phone: 803-622-6171
Email: charles@teamcaughman.com

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