Metrowest Area Homes' Blog
When buying a house, especially your first home, it's all too easy to make impulsive decisions and fail to "see the forest for the trees."
Although it's impossible to ignore your emotional reactions to a house for sale, it's vital to look at the big picture and make sure there are no red flags being ignored or glossed over.
For example, if the foundation of the house looks unstable or the surrounding neighborhood is showing signs of deterioration, it's ultimately not going to matter how much you love the layout of the kitchen or the convenience of a first floor laundry room. Major problems can overshadow the desirable features of a home and have long-term implications on your finances (and sanity).
Even though the future marketability of a house may be the last thing on your mind when you're searching for your next home, it's a factor worth giving some serious thought to. When that aspect of home ownership is overlooked, it could result in headaches and possible financial loss down the road. While real estate generally has a tendency to appreciate in value over time, there are exceptions.
The good news is that many potential problems can be prevented by combining common sense with the advice of qualified professionals, such as an experienced, certified property inspector. If you're wondering what's covered in a typical home inspection, the American Society of Home Inspectors offers this overview: "The standard home inspector’s report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components."
So while inspectors can't look behind every wall or accurately predict the remaining lifespan of an existing HVAC system, they can provide you with a lot of valuable tips, recommendations, and insights into the condition of a house for sale. Working with a top-notch real estate (buyer's) agent will also help you avoid many of the potential pitfalls of buying a home.
While nobody wants to move into a "money pit," the likelihood of finding a home that's absolutely perfect and doesn't need any repairs, updates, or improvements is extremely low. Home buyers who are too focused on perfection may eventually realize that their standards are unattainable. A successful search for a new home hinges on the ability to distinguish between a minor cosmetic problem, such as an unappealing paint color, and a major problem, like a basement that floods regularly or a roof that's been compromised by storms, falling branches, or long-term neglect.
Although home buyers have differing expectations when it comes to repairs, remodeling, decorating, and renovations, one thing's for sure: Everyone wants to add their own personal touches to a new home and make it feel and look like their own!
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Being environmentally conscious is important to you. Your goal is to produce less waste in as many avenues as possible. You want to control your carbon footprint. If any of these statements describe you take a moment before you start drawing up plans for a stick-built home and consider your modular options. Prefabricated houses are an excellent option for those seeking to build green and live sustainably. Here are some of the ways you can go green by buying a prefab.
Less waste during the initial build. There are many ways modular home manufacturers can control waste, where traditional builders can't. Each home, or section, is built to the same specifications, so estimates for material needs are more accurate and prevent builders from purchasing in excess. Workers assemble the same parts or series of designs multiple times, rather than creating completely different models for each project. Continuity gives them the ability to hone their craft and produce a quality piece each time. Factories can invest in stationary technology and machines to help workers ensure accuracy.
Quality materials and build equal less waste later. Modular homes build to tight specifications, and builders follow strict guidelines in controlled environments, so there is less risk of error during the initial build. Such a process can save on the cost of materials to repair mistakes found soon after the home is complete. The construction of modular homes is also sturdier than stick-built homes. Prefabricated pieces typically use more joists and framing in a tighter build so that they can withstand travel from the factory to your property. Sturdier construction will delay and even permanently prevent the need for repairs and remodeling from home aging or weather damage.
Energy efficiency for less waste over time. Builders construct modular homes to be highly energy efficient. Strategic placement of bathrooms and kitchen allow for shorter piping systems that transport hot water more efficiently. Quality control during construction prevents gaps and seep between floors and walls for better environmental monitoring. These homes help you save energy and reduce your carbon footprint throughout their lifetime.
Affordable green technology. Modular homes are more cost effective to build and install than traditional stick-built homes. The cost savings allows the builder, and you, more room in the budget to upgrade to high-efficiency furnaces, air conditioning systems, and appliances. Additions like solar paneling become an option from the start and help you enter your new green life on the right foot. For living green, a modular home might be the best option for you. Speak with your property realtor and lender about your eco-friendly home desires to get the best advice for your home purchase.