Anyone who has ever bought a home remembers the
wonderful feeling of finding the right Boca Raton Florida property and falling in love with it.
It's an indescribable mixture of comfort, excitement and dreams about to come
true. "Can we afford it? Will the sellers accept our offer? How soon can we pick
up the keys?" the excited buyers ask. Great vibes are undoubtedly a good sign in
deciding to purchase a home. But you shouldn't let your emotions overrule a
reasonable assessment of whether a particular home really meets your needs.
Here are a few of the many rational questions you'll
want to ask yourself before you rush into a commitment to buy.
Your money lender says you can afford to buy the home you adore,
but are you comfortable with the monthly payments you'll be obligated to make?
Is the down payment within your means? Will you have enough cash to pay
transaction costs and moving expenses? If the house needs major repairs,
remodeling or redecorating can you save the necessary funds within a reasonable
price, the condition of the home should be a top consideration. Does the home
need a new roof? Extensive upgrading of the electrical wiring? New plumbing? Is
the home disaster-ready (e.g., bolted to the foundation in earthquake country)?
A fixer-upper home with lots of potential can be a great find or a money pit.
Will you be able to meet the financial challenges and live with the mess and
inconvenience while the home is being brought up to your expectations?
Is the house the
right size for your needs and does it have the right combination of bedrooms,
bathrooms and other living areas? Is that small closetless den really big enough
for your child's bedroom? Is one bathroom adequate and if not, what are the real
costs and headaches of adding a second one? Does the kitchen have enough
cupboard and countertop space? Is the garage wide enough and deep enough for
your vehicles? Will your piano really fit in that alcove near the staircase?
house have a central heating system? A central air-conditioning system? Are
those climate controls important to you? Are the windows large enough and
positioned to create cross ventilation? If the house has two stories, are you
comfortable with the idea of walking up and down stairs every day? Is there a
downstairs bathroom (and bedroom, if needed) for guests who can't navigate the
Is the design
and architecture of the house too modern or too traditional for your preferences
in furniture and home furnishings?
People move to a new home every seven years, on average.
If you wanted to sell your home or were forced by unexpected circumstances to
sell it, how easy would it be to find a ready, willing and able buyer?
fall in love with pricey home amenities that seem attractive and desirable at
the time, but later prove to be more headache and less pleasure than the buyers
anticipated. Do you really want a swimming pool? High-maintenance ornamental
trees? Commercial-grade built-in kitchen appliances? Expensive hardwood floors?
Some homes are easier to visit than they are to own.