Important Things to Check When Buying a Home

Important Things to Check When Buying a Home

Buying a home is exciting…but it can be overwhelming as well! Through all the excitement and necessary steps towards closing on your new home, you may not be focusing on the little things. Some of these “little” things can cause big problems and cost big money.  Here’s some helpful tips to remember while you’re house hunting.

    • Turn On The Air Conditioner/Heater: As we all know Arizona gets hot! When the triple digits are upon us, you do not want to find out your A/C only blows hot air! Make sure to turn on the A/C to ensure it works properly and blows cold air. Make sure the heater blows warm air as well. Making sure your air conditioner and heater work sufficiently before closing, can save you thousands of dollars.
    • Open The Electrical Box: Locate the homes electrical panel, open it and inspect it for any loose wires. A good electrical box should be labeled properly with no disconnected or loose wires. If you notice loose, disconnected wires or a mess of wires you might find bigger problems. There could be an electrical short or a live wire somewhere within the home.
    • Check All Drains: Checking all drains to ensure there’s no severe blockage along your pipes is beneficial. Not only do little kids like testing out toilets, by seeing how many times their toy will go round before it disappears, trees and roots can cause big problems. Though plumbers are available, you can save yourself time and money by knowing they drain adequately. When checking the kitchen drain, check for a disposal and ensure it works as well.
    • Turn On Faucets: Faucets are not an expensive item to replace, but laying under a sink in a cabinet isn’t much fun! Checking that all faucets work properly saves time and your back!
    • Taste The Water: If you do not plan on adding a reverse osmosis, purifying or water filtering system, you will want to make sure that your water tastes good. Though your city might offer great water, your pipes may add a little extra flavor. If your water is not as refreshing as you hoped, at least you’ll know what added costs will be needed to get that thirst quenching water!
    • Flush The Toilets: Toilets that flush properly, are toilets that are doing their job right!
    • Open All The Windows: You’ll want to make sure the windows open properly and are not stuck or broken. Replacing windows is not cheap or fun!
    • Pull Back The Carpet: Find a corner and pull back a corner of carpet to inspect the floors underneath. Though mold and mildew isn’t a huge problem here in Arizona it’s still a good idea to check for it. You can also find out if hardwood floors are hidden under there.
    • Open Garage Doors: Garage repairs can cost only a few dollars to hundreds of dollars depending on what is wrong. Having to buy batteries for a remote is no big deal, having to spend hundreds for a full replacement is a big deal! Save yourself the trouble by making sure the home’s garage goes up and down with no issues.
    • Talk To Neighbors: It’s always a good idea to briefly meet with neighbors. Not only will you find out if your neighbor is a total grump, you can learn more about the home and area. Though your Realtor knows the area you’re looking at, finding out info about the home and area firsthand is always great idea.

Even though you will most likely want to make small cosmetic changes to your home, it’s always best avoiding costly repairs. By avoiding costly repairs, you’ll have more money in your pocket for that new chandelier that would be absolutely beautiful hanging in the entryway to your new home!

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Which Is Best For Your Lifestyle? Condo or Home?

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Some people love living in condos, while others swear by detached homes. When it comes to deciding between the two, however, you can’t always rely on someone else’s word.

Sometimes it’s as simple as understanding and assessing your lifestyle to make the best choice, since condo living and home ownership are two radically different experiences, and thereby serve two very different types of lifestyles and personalities.

Here are a few considerations if you’re trying to decide whether you should invest in a house or a condo.

House: Best If You Have A Furry Friend

Do you have a furry friend or two that are an integral part of your family? Depending on their size and species, you may want to consider a detached house over a condo, simply for the amount of space available.

If you have dogs, you should consider that many condominiums don’t allow certain numbers, sizes, or breeds, and this could be just another reason you opt for a house. Having a backyard for your dogs to play in, and being able to avoid the daily elevator rides, are just more reasons to add to the list.

Condo: Best If You’re A Busy Business Person

If you’re a busy businessperson who’s rarely ever home, you may want to consider condo-style living. Firstly, you will be able to save on mortgage costs, which will certainly help you reach your financial goals, and you will have fewer worries involved than you would if you owned a detached home.

Full size houses require significant upkeep, which is a major time investment. In contrast, a condo is a turnkey living space that gives you the amenities you need without the responsibilities of home ownership. If you hardly entertain and would like a space to enjoy yourself during your off time, living in a condo might be just the perfect setup for you, the busy business-minded individual.

House: Best If You Like Privacy And Control

If you’re someone who adores your privacy and likes to be in complete control of the maintenance and care of your home, a detached house is certainly the best option for you. Having your own detached house means living with added privacy, as you won’t have neighbors as close by as would be the case if you were living in a condominium.

You’ll also be pleased to be the sole decision maker when it comes to the upkeep and maintenance schedule of the various aspects of your home. Rather than ask a strata manager for permission to, say, paint your front door, you can simply paint your front door.

Condo: If You’re A Single Minimalist

Condo living can be great for single people and minimalists. If you prefer to live on the lighter side, with fewer responsibilities and chores, a condo setup can be extremely rewarding. All of the big stuff will likely be taken care of, and all you’ll have to worry about is the minimal space inside of your four walls.

If you decide to travel for an extended period, it’s much easier to find short-term tenants for condos than for houses.

It can be difficult to decide whether a house or a condo is best suited to your lifestyle. Don’t be shy to ask your friends and family what they think of your personality, and do your due diligence to discover which home is best to accommodate your daily life. Once you’ve made your decision, contact a real estate professional and find the home that fits your lifestyle.

Stressed While Selling your Home?

Worried couple doing their accounts in the living roomWhen we are going through a difficult and stressful time, our bodies naturally react to the situation. This “fight or flight” reaction to stress makes us more alert and ready to avoid danger, so it is helpful in the moment. However, if you are in a constant state of stress on an ongoing basis, this can be very damaging to your health and can increase the risk of diseases such as heart disease, depression and other problems.

Chronic stress can also result in insomnia, headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain and much more – as well as emotional issues such as panic attacks, anxiety and worry. This is why learning to manage your stress is crucial to your health. Many people try to manage their stress by overindulging in unhealthy substances, such as tobacco, drugs and alcohol. However, by managing stress in this way you are actually making the problem worse because you are contributing to the stress on your body. So what are some of the healthy ways that you can manage stress?

Express Your Feelings

A lot of stress comes from being angry or upset about a situation, but keeping your thoughts and feelings inside. You can relieve that stress by sharing your feelings and expressing how you feel.

Take Time To Relax

No matter how busy and chaotic things might be, take time for yourself to recharge and relax. Even if it’s only 20-30 minutes per day, having a bath, reading a book or going for a walk – it will really help to keep you calm.

Get Some Exercise

The act of exercising is a great stress reliever because it encourages your brain to produce feel-good chemicals such as endorphins. Also, your body will be better able to fight stress when it is in good shape.

Make Sure You Get Sleep

When there are a lot of demands on you, it can be tempting to want to skip sleep so that you can get more things done. However, when you are sleep deprived you will actually be much less effective and you won’t be able to handle stressful situations as well. Make sure that you go to bed at a reasonable time and get the sleep you need.

Speak To A Friend

Having a close friend who you can discuss your issues with can be a huge help when you are feeling stressed. Even if they can’t solve anything, it is simply helpful to have someone who listens, cares about how you are feeling and offers some encouraging words. Managing your stress is crucial to your health, so make sure that you keep these tips in mind when things start to get overwhelming. Simply call The Partners Team, Diane and Polly, let them take the stress away from buying you new home!