3 days in and all I can say is. :mad2:
I had my hart set on a town up in the mountains were my friend lives. I tried to drive up there today after work because it is snowing. I wanted to see how bad it was. I almost crashed my car twice. I'm starting to think it could be a mistake.no disagreement. we did it for about 8 months before we found our current place.
about to enter the market again for a rental purchase.
putting it off as long as possible...
good luck. don't buy unless its the right place.
meh.....buy chains. what's a little snow? :thumbsup:I had my hart set on a town up in the mountains were my friend lives. I tried to drive up there today after work because it is snowing. I wanted to see how bad it was. I almost crashed my car twice. I'm starting to think it could be a mistake.
times eleventy! We've done it twice and eventually settled on a house, in part, because we we're bonkers from driving around neighborhoods and visiting a, seemingly, endless number of houses. I swear I felt like I was getting car-a-phobia a couple of times.3 days in and all I can say is. :mad2:
And make sure they check everything.Get a good house inspection before you buy.
My frustration with stories like this, is you are usually required to pay for a home inspection--which IME tells all about what you can see yourself, and does little to catch real problems with the house construction.And make sure they check everything.
My female best friend just bought a beautiful $400K house.
Radon check showed a 12 when legal limit is 5 so seller had to pay to fix it. Thankfully it is .5 now after adding a vent system.
She closed on the house (two weeks ago) after getting every inspection except...she has a few random cracks in the stucco.
Yesterday she had a contractor out to quote sealing the cracks and he dropped the bomb that the stucco wasn't applied correctly when new and needs to be replaced for $28,000!
She and I are not fools and don't trust contractors at all but there have been some repairs that indicate he might be right. We're going to have a few others out to look at it and I'm going to learn as much as I can but if it does need replaced (on the entire exterior of the house!) it will cost about what he quoted.
If the problem was found before the sale I can't know if the seller would have paid but it might have affected her decision to buy that house.
As someone that has spent there entire working life in construction I feel I have a better then average chance of picking out problems when I look at a house.My frustration with stories like this, is you are usually required to pay for a home inspection--which IME tells all about what you can see yourself, and does little to catch real problems with the house construction.
And if you sue the inspectors, or ask for damages when you find problems after closing, their liability is restricted to the price of the service--which they will refund. Biggest scam (or may PIM is the biggest and inspections the second biggest) in the whole home buying charade.
I passed up the chance to get engineers to look at our house (complicated construction) and later regretted not doing so--at least they have professional competence and ethics.
I am looking on Zillow allot right now and then looking around on google street view when I think a house looks attractive. I didn't think about school districts just because I don't have any kids and have absolutely no plain to have any.Zillow is your friend--you can do a lot of pre-visit screening, neighborhood checkouts etc.
Trulia has the school district ratings--important if you have kids or want to maximize resale (something we overlooked and are now ruing the day...)
I'm a great believer that when you get clear about what you want, you will find it (except perhaps in NYC :>) )
Just kind of wondering why no corner lot?Learn to say "not the right house for me" faster. A list of "dealbreakers" will help in that.
Foundation or roof issues, no. Less than 200amp circuit breaker electrical, no. Corner lot, no. Set up your dealbreakers, and then spend time on those that pass, not those with issues.
That said, part of the process is a lot of looking, so that when you find one that feels different and better you will know it in your gut.