If you’re looking to buy your next home, it’s likely that you already have a number of items on your homebuying wish list. As a parent, that list may get a bit longer since children have many unique needs. Check out some of these suggestions for things to consider when buying a home if you have children.
With summer underway, you’re probably starting to check off items on your seasonal home maintenance checklist, which may include your home’s windows. Windows are an important part of your home – they let in light, allow you to view the outside world and are part of your home’s insulation. Regularly maintaining them is a best practice to keep them and your home in great shape. Check out how to clean your windows like a professional below.
Over the last year or so, buying homes “sight unseen” – without visiting them in person – has become more popular for several reasons. Firstly, pandemic restrictions and concerns motivated many people to purchase homes without setting foot in them first. Secondly, with long-distance moves becoming more common, buying sight unseen has been a way to avoid burdensome travel while home shopping. Lastly, with homes in some parts of the country selling in a matter of days, making an offer without waiting to visit a home can be a competitive advantage.
Your credit scores are little numbers that can have a big effect. Everything from the credit card offers you receive in the mail to how much you pay on a new loan may be impacted by your credit scores. If your scores aren’t what you think they are, buying your next car, home or other financed purchase could be more difficult or expensive than you expect.
Once you’ve found a home you’re interested in buying and signed a real estate contract, you’ll typically want to order a professional home inspection. While getting an inspection is generally not required, and the cost is usually your responsibility, it is a highly recommended step to help protect you from potentially costly surprises with the home’s condition. If you’ve never experienced a home inspection before or just need a refresher, here’s what to expect.