When you start to look for your new St Simons home, everyone will tell you to figure out how much you can afford, and to determine where you want to look, and what you want to look for. Those are all great things to do. Once you start looking, however, there is a whole new set of questions that you need to research before making an offer on a home.
St Simons Home Buyer Questions: What You Need to Ask
If the house has been on the market a long time, it might be a sign that the price is too high, or there could be structural issues with the home. To check the market value, have your realtor show you reports of recently sold homes in the same area and of the same size and age. From this information, you can determine if the home you are looking for is priced well or not. To check for structural issues, make sure you have an inspection done by a reputable inspector.
Find out how old everything in the home is, including the roof, appliances, hot water heater, furnace, well pump, garage door opener, etc. Find out as much information on these items as possible; ask for receipts, warranty information, and where the items were purchased.
If there was remodeling done on the home, ask when that occurred, and find out if the work was inspected and if it was done with a permit. If it was not inspected, make sure your home inspector looks at that carefully, to determine if everything is done to code.
Occasionally, a utility company or a neighbor might own an easement on the property. If there is one, find out all the details about it. It may not be an issue, and you can move forward.
Contact DeLoach Sotheby’s International Realty when you are ready to look for a new St Simons home, our experienced realtors can help you with these questions. We are experts in the St. Simons and Sea Island areas, and will help you find the perfect home for your family.