Buying a home is a big important decision, and the home you eventually buy should hold its value once you take ownership and move in. Here are some tips to help you as you search for a home to buy that has good value.
Look at the Surrounding Neighborhood
One of the more important details of your home search is to look at the home and then also look at the neighborhood it is in. As you check out the home and its interior features and amenities along with its surrounding yard and landscaping, you should compare it to the surrounding homes and those on the street and in the same neighborhood. This is going to help you determine the home's value and the effect of the surrounding homes on its value.
For example, if you are looking to buy a home that is a six-bedroom four-bath home in an area that has smaller one- and two-bedroom homes, the larger home you are considering to purchase may not keep its value compared to surrounding homes because those surrounding it can pull its value down. However, if you were to buy the same home in a neighborhood of similar homes, the same home would be more able to keep its value. Just remember that a home is going to be valued based on how much similar homes surrounding it are selling for. And if a home is much larger than those in the neighborhood, it will affect its value in the future. Your realtor can help you complete a market analysis to compare and value a home to those in the neighborhood.
When you look at the surrounding homes on a street, it will also give you an indication of the condition of the neighborhood. For example, if there are run-down homes and overgrown neighborhoods, it will decrease your home's value over time. And if you notice broken-down vehicles parked in yards and indications of illegal activity when you drive around, you should consider this in your decision to purchase a home there.
Plan For a Home Inspection
Another important task to help you determine a home's value is to hire a professional home inspection. The home inspector is going to inspect the home's areas, systems, features, components, and appliances to verify their condition and to also determine if there are any problems that you may not be aware of. This process will help you out because if you find that the roof is in need of repair, for example, you can negotiate the purchase price with the seller to take this upcoming and needed cost into consideration.
If you're concerned about neighborhood property values, contact a real estate service.