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Skipping the Final Walk-Through
Most purchase agreements allow for a final walk-through of the property to ensure that the house is still in good condition. This might not seem necessary, but if you’re purchasing a foreclosed property or displacing disgruntled renters, you may need to ensure that no last-minute damage was done (think writing on walls, stolen appliances, etc.).
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Not Being Neighborly
In some communities, neighbors can make or break your home purchase. In a friendly neighbor, you can have a friend, a confidant and sometimes even a babysitter. Neighbors, if they’ve lived near your potential home for a few years, can also contain knowledge about previous owners or tenants and any damage they might have done. Were there ever bats in the attic? Was there lead remediation? Radon problems? Your neighbors might know all of the dirty details. So don’t be afraid to get friendly, and just ask. You can still maintain your privacy in the home after purchase — check out this project on how to build a patio privacy screen.
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Trying to Make it Work
When you’re excited about buying a home, it’s easy to envision yourself living in a home you just like—even if it’s really not the right property for you. Don’t try to squeeze your family into a house without the right amount of bedrooms, for instance, just because you like the neighborhood. The right home will come along eventually, and when it does, you’ll be ready.
Make sure you don’t regret anything when you buy a house.