Home Purchase And Selection Recommendations For Your Upcoming Search
Renting a home can make you feel unsettled and always on the move at the end of your lease, not able to settle into an area and get to know your neighbors. With all the stress that emerges during a move, each time you do it, you may vow it will be your last, but it can be the way things go when you are renting. However, when you buy a home, you can make it yours and plan to be there for as long as possible. However, you will want to make sure to check all variables of the home and neighborhood before you make such a large purchase and investment. Here are some recommendations to help you as you make your home purchase decision so you can find the right home you will be happy with for the foreseeable future.
Look at Surrounding Land Zoning
One thing many homebuyers don't consider when they are looking for a home is the area the home is in and any development that might take place in the future. If you buy a home that is on the outskirts of a rapidly growing city, chances are high that the area around your home may get developed into something other than empty land. And if you live in a residential area, you will want to know what type of zoning surrounds the property.
Check with the local county recorder's office to find out the type of zoning surrounding a home you are looking to buy. If the zoning of a residential area includes commercial zoning, the neighboring homes can be turned into commercial properties. And if you live in a rural area and the surrounding farmland is zoned for commercial development, this is a good sign it is going to be sold and developed into a strip mall, commercial offices, or another type of commercial property.
Inspect the Home and Property
In addition to checking into the surrounding zoning, you should continue to do some due diligence to make sure a property is all that it looks to be. You can do this by hiring a professional home inspection of a property and completing a property survey.
Your property inspection will take a look at the home inside and out to check all the home's components and structure for damage or problems. They will provide you a report of their findings detailing recommendations, such as a leak in the attic roof or improper electrical wiring in the basement.
The property survey will make sure the property's boundaries line up with what you are seeing on the actual property in fences and neighbor's property lines, for example. It is important to know if there are any easements on the property or if the land includes any water rights or shares, such as with county irrigation rights.
Contact a real estate agent to begin looking at new homes.