So you are buying a home this fall. A smart move! As the market cools down, home hunters tend to have more buying power. But as you tour homes in search of “the one,” there are a few questions you need to remember to ask (courtesy of Realtor.com):
#1 Is the home comfortable on hot days?
Be sure to learn how the home stays cool during the summer. If there’s an AC unit, why not give it a quick test. If you see the ductwork is rusting or has poor fittings, the cool air may not flow well through the home. Make sure the inspector gives you a great run down of what to expect during a 100 degree Colorado day!
#2 How does it handle ample snowfalls?
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, Colorado should expect higher than average snow this winter. All the more motivation to check a property’s drainage (gutters, drain pipes, the sewer lines). You want to make sure there’s no water backups. Steep grades (roof, yard, drive way and sidewalks) will also affect the runoff.
#3 What’s the potential noise level?
This summer when kids are out of school and the beautiful weather beckons people outdoors, what kind of activity should you expect? Empty lots nearby may mean big construction projects. Surrounded by families could mean more noise and less privacy. You want to make sure you’ll be content with a little less peace.
#4 Will it be safe to get around in bad weather?
Since the majority of injuries happen at home, this is an important question to ask. When we pummeled with snow, will you be able to get to and from your car safely? Will icy conditions make certain entrances dangerous? It’s good to know what kind of shoveling and de-icing you’ll need to do.
#5 What are the windows’ condition?
This is where a property can really cost you! If a home’s windows are old or in poor condition, this is the time to replace them. Otherwise you may need to cover them with plastic or other DIY insulation solutions to make sure you keep the utility bill minimal. Also make sure the screens are in good shape for the summer.
I always advise my clients, once they have identified “the one”, to walk around the neighborhood and introduce themselves to their neighbors. Ask questions about the area, and questions about the weather patterns, potential for floods, etc. Remember, weather patterns differ drastically throughout the front range…
If you would like to know more about home searching in the Denver Metro Area, give us a call today: 303-300-8989. One of our team members would love to meet you!