When you are home hunting, information is power. The more you know before you make an offer, the better. Usually when two homes are equally appealing, digging into the details can make a difference. Here’s a list of “bonus information” that most buyers overlook or forget to ask about while they are shopping for a house:
Homeowner’s association rules: Certain neighborhood covenants may be a deal maker or breaker for you, so if there is a set of guidelines you’ll be required to adhere to, get them up front. They can cover everything from paint schemes to lawn design and beyond.
Utility bills: Most sellers will not balk at sharing with you what utilities cost annually. Water, power, gas, and even cable service provider bills can help you get a better idea what it will cost monthly to live in the home.
Pest control: In areas where pests can be…
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