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September 8, 2015 by Caleb Haniquet

Before buying a home, it is important that you take certain steps to ensure you get the most for your money. There are many things that can go wrong if you do not take the proper steps in the home buying process. Whether this is your first home purchase or your fifth, the following five steps will ensure the transition into your new home is a smooth one.

Check Your Township Rules:

Most towns have rules and ordinances that need to be upheld by the citizens of that town. When buying a home, make it a point to read all of the local rules and regulations. The code of ordinances can govern taxes, fees and fines, building construction restrictions, noise, pools, vehicles, and many other important details. Ask your general contractor for advice on any construction codes that may interfere with home improvement in your area.

Know Your Zoning Codes:

Before getting too excited about buying a particular home, be sure to check out local zoning rules and regulations. If you plan to start your own business from home, some zoning rules may forbid any home businesses. If you plan on remodeling your home, that may also be prohibited. Check with your general contractor before making any big decisions on home improvements.

Know How Much Remodeling Will Cost:

Buying a home is a very exciting time for most people. It can also be stressful if you do not budget your money properly and get the right estimate for any home improvement projects. Many people already have an idea of what they want their home to look like; the hard part is setting that idea in motion without burning a hole in your pocket. Be sure to check with your general contractor about pricing before remodeling your new home.

Know the Integrity of the Home: Getting an inspection before buying a home is an extremely vital step in the home buying process. A professional inspector will look over the home and make sure the condition of the home is acceptable. Home inspection usually includes evaluating the walls, roof, windows, doors, plumbing, electricity, heating and cooling, and checking for pest damage.

Know the Town’s Building Plans:

Make sure you check the local building plans before buying a home to avoid any surprises. You may end up in a situation where the home looks perfect at first, but shortly after you buy it, the town starts construction on a new project that could potentially disrupt your lifestyle. Any new addition to the neighborhood could also devalue your home and cause potential resale problems. On the flipside, it may increase your home’s current value. Either way, it is well worth a look. 

By utilizing these five steps to buying a home, you can make the home buying process that much easier. By knowing the rules, zoning codes, cost of home improvements, the integrity of the house, and the future building plans for the neighborhood, you can have a precise idea of whether or not you want to make a purchase. For more information on making your move an easy one, please call 631-465-9765.

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