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Beyond curb appeal, what else should you consider before buying?

On Behalf of | Mar 8, 2024 | Real Estate

House hunting can be exciting. A charming bungalow, a picture-perfect neighborhood, or an excellent school district can make a home seem ideal. Perhaps it will be a wonderful home, but before you let aesthetics guide your purchase, be sure to take a deeper look.

Here are some essential factors that can help you see past curb appeal and get a clearer picture of the real estate and its value.

Budgeting for the unexpected

Sunshine may dominate the forecast, but even idyllic locations can experience occasional harsh weather. A sudden storm could wreak havoc on your property. Remember to account for homeowner’s insurance – a requirement in Florida – when budgeting for your new home. 

Explore different insurance providers to find a plan that offers comprehensive coverage at competitive rates.

Unearthing the unseen

Not all imperfections are readily apparent. A foundation that seems solid could be hiding cracks, or a picturesque roof might have a sneaky leak. A professional inspection is vital for uncovering these hidden issues. 

Consider it an investment that can save you a significant amount of money and heartache down the road.

Living by the rules

Many desirable neighborhoods are part of homeowners’ associations (HOAs) and may impose rigid rules and regulations. Some residents may like the structure rules can provide, but strict regulations can limit the freedom to personalize the property or engage in certain activities. 

Carefully review the rules provided by the HOA to ensure they align with your lifestyle and desires.

Remember, knowledge is power. Understanding Florida’s real estate laws can empower you to navigate the buying process smoothly. Consulting with an experienced real estate representative can provide valuable guidance and ensure a smoother home-buying journey.