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This post is a guest post written by one of our affiliated companies and not by one of our agents. We found the article helpful and wanted to include it on this blog.

Buying a home, particularly if it’s for the first time, can be a bit of an overwhelming concept. There are simply so many factors to consider, and so many positives and negatives to look for, that it can at times seem like too big of a job. As a result of this, many people are not quite as thorough when evaluating properties as they should be. However, as the consumer, when you are looking into buying somebody’s house, you owe it to yourself to ask all of the right questions, and uncover all of the necessary details, to fairly assess how much you ought to be paying for your new home. Here are a few things to keep in mind that you may not always consider.

  • Get the home professionally inspected. This is fairly standard, and most real estate agents will recommend (if not require) this step, yet it is still vital to keep it in mind. This is the best way to gain an overall understanding of the house’s worth, as well as any specific problems it may have.
  • Specifically try to get as many details as you can regarding any reconstructions or improvements that have been made on the house in the past. This may help you to understand any potential weaknesses, and you can be prepared for potential wear and tear.
  • Evaluate the house’s security system. This is a very important aspect of any home, and you should know before you buy the home whether or not there have ever been any negative issues with the security system. While buying a new system is typically not expensive enough to prevent you from buying the home itself, you should at least be aware of any security weaknesses in advance.
  • Be sure to take a look at the house you are considering in several different scenarios. For example, visit during day and during the night, and if you can, when it’s sunny and when it’s raining. This may seem tedious, but it is also the best way to gain a more complete understanding of what it will be like in your home, and you may spot some small weaknesses you’d never have foreseen.
  • Talk to people in the neighborhood. A lot of people are easily excited when looking for new homes, and it can be easy to assume that any new environment would be great. If you can, however, try to interview the neighbors to get a better feel for what it’s like to live in the neighborhood you’re considering.

Samantha Cohen is an online writer for, and has contributed to multiple sites in the fields of home improvement, family protection, and real estate.