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House hunting tips

  • Try not to see too many houses in one day. Looking at too many houses at one time can be confusing and exhausting.
  • Are there any special features or "must have" items that you are looking for in your new house? Make a list.
  • Be sure your real estate agent knows exactly what type of houses that you are looking for - - or at least as much as possible.
  • When looking at houses, always bring along a map. Preferably one that you can write or make notes on.
  • Bring along a camera or video recording equipment.
  • Be sure to bring a note pad and tape measure with you. Make sketches of the floor plans that you like.
  • When visiting houses, pick up a copy of the Seller's Disclosure Notice whenever possible. Also look for buyer information about special home features or recent improvements and repairs.
  • Use a small rubber ball, marble, or pocket level to check for sloping floors, counter tops, door frames, etc.
  • If you want to know what kind of utility bills to expect in your new house, you can call the utility company to get the highest and lowest bills for the last 12 months.
  • Check with the county appraiser to get a rough idea of how much your taxes will be.
  • Flood insurance maps are usually available at the library.
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions. Only foolish buyers don't ask questions

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