The Short Complete Guide to Buying a Home
内容The Short Complete Guide to Buying a Home is a short and sharp, easy to read electronic book of 83 pages, written with home buyers globally in mind.
It is a trite old saying but true; buying a house is the biggest investment most people ever make. It is a costly proposition and one that needs to be approached in a methodical and well-informed manner.
When you buy a car, a boat or a new couch you have a shopping style. You might window shop; hang out at the car dealer or the marina asking questions of sales people or customers who own similar models. Maybe you read product reviews or Internet blogs, drive your friends crazy talking about the pros and cons of schooners and ketches, test drive dozens of different brands or sit on 30 different couches. When you finally make a decision it is because you have found a car or a couch that you like, that suits your lifestyle and fits your budget.
Well, buying a house is just like that.
Just a lot more complicated.
First, it is an emotional decision. Buying a house can bring out some potent feelings. It is an exciting prospect and some people feel like it makes them a real grown up, others get their egos tangled up in the process. Some people resist the idea of being tied down to a single address or they fear taking on such a big responsibility.
Most people do not expect the value of their car or couch to increase over time but hope that their house will. Thus, it is not just a purchase - it becomes an investment.
This guide is designed to help anyone make the best decision possible when buying a home. It will explain the process, from start to finish, offer tips on making it easier and more affordable, and guide you through an assessment of the home’s condition and utility.
Even if you have never held a hammer or wondered why the light comes on when you flip a switch, this guide will help you avoid costly, aggravating, and inconvenient repairs and understand the maintenance you need to do to avoid future problems as a homeowner.
Knowing what problems exist and where will help you pick a home in the best possible condition, avoid unpleasant and costly surprises, negotiate a fair price, and plan for the maintenance your home will need through the years. The more comfortable you feel when you finally do choose a house the less scary and emotional the decision will be.
We will also show you how to factor the information you gather during your inspection into deciding on a reasonable amount to offer for the house and how that offer can be structured to take advantage of any information and minimize your risk.
Many buyers choose to hire a professional to inspect a home after an offer has been accepted and we encourage that step. However, knowing your way around a furnace or a fuse box can help you eliminate a problematic home early in the process and save the expense of multiple professional inspections that can cost as much as $500 each.
Table of Contents:
SECTION 1 - INTRODUCTION
SECTION 2 - A WORLD FULL OF DIFFERENCES
SECTION 3 - GETTING READY TO BUY
- THREE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS
- DO YOUR HOMEWORK
- BEGIN THE GRAND TOUR.
- MAKING AN OFFER
SECTION 4 - INSPECTING THE HOUSE
- BEFORE THE INSPECTION
- THE EXTERIOR
- OUTDOOR AREA
- EXTERIOR CLADDING OR SHEATHING
- EXTERIOR WINDOWS AND DOORS
- ROOF, CHIMNEY, VENTS, AND FLASHING
- EAVES, SOFITTS, AND GUTTERS
- THE FOUNDATION
- HVAC SYSTEM
- HOT WATER HEATER
- THE PLUMBING SYSTEM
- THE ELECTRIC SYSTEM
- THE GARAGE
- THE ATTIC
- INTERIOR LIVING AREA
- WHOLE HOUSE ISSUES
SECTION 5 - AFTER THE INSPECTION
- ORGANIZE YOUR FINDINGS
- MAKING THE MOST OF THE INSPECTION
- DETERMINING PRICE
- THE FINAL STEPS
Q & A
HOME BUYING GUIDE: CHECKLIST