What Every Family Should Look For When Buying an Older Home

Want to hear the latest from our crazy life? Our house is getting ready to go on the market! I must say, I really do love our home, but we need a tad bit more space since the girls have arrived. Not only that, but, being that the hubby and I both grew up out in the country and not in a subdivision, we would like for the twins to have a similar experience. We think we may have found what we want, but not entirely sure yet. Right now it’s all about paperwork – wohoo!

As we were putting together our list of “wants” in our next home, one of our “okays” was on an older home. I think older homes sometimes have more character to them, and more opportunity for placing a distinct touch on them, too! So when blogger Damien Justus sent me a post on the things we should look for when purchasing an older home, well, I KNEW I needed to read it! He makes some excellent points, too! Read on…

older home

Prudent homebuyers determined to buy an older home must proceed cautiously or risk expensive problems down the road. While there are always practical arguments to be made for favoring newer homes that are less likely to need repairs in the near future, the charms of an old home are many and appeal to a large number of people. Due diligence efforts prior to signing the contract are particularly important to evaluate an older home’s electrical systems, lead paint dangers, and bugs.

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Is a Display Home Right for Your Family?

It’s been about 4 years since we’ve been through the process of purchasing a home, and, I reckon in probably about 4 more years we might have to do it again, due to the rapid expansion of our family! We have a little space to grow in right now…but I fear that might soon be taken over. No matter, though. Buying a new home is one of the most exciting things to do in life, in my opinion. And there are many ways to go about doing so! Thought I’d share a few tips you may not have heard about the process today!

For a fresh start, get in touch with building firms that have a good reputation for creating properties that are different and in great locations. Building companies will listen to what clients are looking for in a home no matter how big or small. With many styles of houses available to buy, why not add features such as:

  • An extra bedroom
  • An attic room
  • A sun room
  • An extra bathroom
  • A study

It’s also important to choose the right location that’s near work, schools or colleges. It’s not much fun having to travel miles each day. Check out the many display homes on new build websites to get an idea of where new homes are being built and what they look like.

Reserves of Bethany Model Home

A display home that has everything and more!

Stunning showcase, display homes or or model homes have everything and more than new owners could possibly wish for. They also make very good investments. Sometimes homes that are used as display property are pristine in condition when sold even have:

1. A guaranteed leaseback of 7%
2. Maintenance costs covered
3. Cleaning covered
4. Gardening costs covered

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