There are many milestones and tasks to cross off of your to-do list when buying a home in Chetek, from saving a down payment to applying for a mortgage to finally getting the keys to your new place! But in all of the hustle and bustle of home shopping and buying, it’s easy for some of the most important tasks to fall through the cracks.
Six Lakes Realty has provided below a few of the common steps homebuyers forget to take when shopping for a home and as always, do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you have about the next step in your home buying journey— whether you’re just starting or think you’ve found “the one!”
Homebuyers Forget: To Factor in Expenses After the Sale
Once you’ve closed on your new home in Northwestern Wisconsin, that doesn’t mean the expenses come to an end. In fact, there is a whole new set of expenses that new homeowners become familiar with— for instance, higher utility bills, yard maintenance, and repairs. In order to ensure you can commit to these additional costs, do your research before you buy, asking the seller for a list of their home-related expenses each month so you can get a better idea of what to expect.
Homebuyers Forget: To Consider Resale Value
Even though you’re in the process of buying a home in Chetek, it still doesn’t hurt to think like a home seller. Today’s buyers are not staying in their homes for decades at a time like our parents and grandparents did, so you will constantly need to be thinking about resale value. Try to stick with homes that have a wider appeal or one with fewer quirks or major issues that need changed. If you have questions about a home’s potential and how well it would do on the market in any given amount of time, it’s always best to talk to your real estate agent!
Homebuyers Forget: To Check If Work Is Up to Code
Sellers in Chetek are responsible for disclosing any major renovations that have been done, including additions, and projects for which they did not obtain a permit. However, that doesn’t always mean they will share every last detail. Buyers are able to check on permits to make sure that work in the home was done with the proper permissions and completed according to code.
Homebuyers Forget: To Research the Neighborhood
We are lucky here in the City of Lakes to live in such a wonderful area! Yet as a buyer, it still pays to do your research on where you’ll be moving! Look into the distance of the property from your workplace and family members, the proximity to the water, your future neighbors. Doing so now will help you avoid any surprises later and help you settle into the home much quicker than if you waited to look into these factors after the purchase.
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