If you’ve been house hunting, you already know that each and every home you see has it’s own unique characteristics, quirks, pros and cons. Though you probably already know what you’re looking for in terms of size, neighborhood, and amenities—there are some other more useful, below the radar things to consider.
1. Internet speeds and Cell Phone Coverage
Idaho is already plagued with some of the slowest internet speeds in the country. When buying a home, make sure that you are served by a good internet provider. Also check on cell phone coverage. If you have low service, and slow internet, you’ll likely encounter much frustration in your new home.
2. The Value of Neighboring Homes
Obviously, your home purchase is an investment, so be sure to check the value of neighboring homes—it’ll give you a good idea of where the value of your home will be in a few years, and it’ll help you position your offer in the right range.
3. Average Utility Costs
Ask the current owners what they pay on a monthly average for utilities. This will help you have a better sense of your budget on a month to month basis, and for your overall purchase price. This will help you have a better understanding of what your financial future will look like in your new home.
4. Pest History
Does the home have a history of pests? Termites, roaches, and mice can be a recurrent problem that is difficult to contain and costly to resolve. Knowing the history of the property—even if you believe you’ve found your dream home—can give you a better picture of what will be in store the first few months of ownership.
Listen closely to the stairs as you’re doing a walk through. If they are loud, squeaky, and have a lot of give, this can indicate a potential problem with their structural condition. Besides loud stairs being a pesky nuisance, they can be an expensive element to repair.
Effective real estate agents will help you look out for issues such as these, but it’s always good to consider these issues before going to look at a home. Ready to buy a home in Boise, Idaho? Contact a TE Agents today. We’re a locally owned brokerage, committed to empowering the community through home ownership. Plus, we reduce commissions by 20%!