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Avoid Tunnel Vision When Searching For a New Home

by Sherri Green 07/07/2019

When buying a house, especially your first home, it's all too easy to make impulsive decisions and fail to "see the forest for the trees."

Although it's impossible to ignore your emotional reactions to a house for sale, it's vital to look at the big picture and make sure there are no red flags being ignored or glossed over.

For example, if the foundation of the house looks unstable or the surrounding neighborhood is showing signs of deterioration, it's ultimately not going to matter how much you love the layout of the kitchen or the convenience of a first floor laundry room. Major problems can overshadow the desirable features of a home and have long-term implications on your finances (and sanity).

Even though the future marketability of a house may be the last thing on your mind when you're searching for your next home, it's a factor worth giving some serious thought to. When that aspect of home ownership is overlooked, it could result in headaches and possible financial loss down the road. While real estate generally has a tendency to appreciate in value over time, there are exceptions.

The good news is that many potential problems can be prevented by combining common sense with the advice of qualified professionals, such as an experienced, certified property inspector. If you're wondering what's covered in a typical home inspection, the American Society of Home Inspectors offers this overview: "The standard home inspector’s report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components."

So while inspectors can't look behind every wall or accurately predict the remaining lifespan of an existing HVAC system, they can provide you with a lot of valuable tips, recommendations, and insights into the condition of a house for sale. Working with a top-notch real estate (buyer's) agent will also help you avoid many of the potential pitfalls of buying a home.

While nobody wants to move into a "money pit," the likelihood of finding a home that's absolutely perfect and doesn't need any repairs, updates, or improvements is extremely low. Home buyers who are too focused on perfection may eventually realize that their standards are unattainable. A successful search for a new home hinges on the ability to distinguish between a minor cosmetic problem, such as an unappealing paint color, and a major problem, like a basement that floods regularly or a roof that's been compromised by storms, falling branches, or long-term neglect.

Although home buyers have differing expectations when it comes to repairs, remodeling, decorating, and renovations, one thing's for sure: Everyone wants to add their own personal touches to a new home and make it feel and look like their own!

About the Author
Author

Sherri Green

 "Your Property, My Priority"

As a resident of Charlotte for over fifty years, I've experienced the Queen city's transformation from sleepy southern town to a crown jewel of the South. Educating clients on the local market and all things real estate is truly a passion. I love helping people move into and around my hometown!

I understand that buying or selling your home isn’t a simply transactional event, it’s a personal one. Each client’s situation is unique, and communication is key in helping you realize your goals. I listen to your hopes and concerns throughout the process, tailoring a plan to meet your needs.

Previous clients have described me as resourceful and responsive—90% of my business comes from referrals. I’m always available to you, and take care to ensure you’re getting the most out of our partnership.

Buyers: My extensive knowledge of Charlotte neighborhoods and the surrounding communities helps hone in on areas that would be a good fit for you. Whether you’re a first time or seasoned home buyer, I have the experience and knowledge to find your perfect home.

Sellers: Positioning your property properly in the market is my specialty. With unparalleled marketing tools and attention to detail, I'll see you through getting your home prepared, pricing, marketing, negotiating and closing.

Relocation: Whether you’re relocating for work, or moving here because Charlotte is where you want to be, I can help. Moving to a new city is stressful, and I work hard to ease the burden, helping you find a new home and familiarize yourself with Charlotte.

Over the years I’ve been awarded Five Star Professional by Charlotte Magazine for several years running and Most Valuable Team Player, as voted by my peers. Being well respected as an expert agent in the area serves you well as I represent you in negotiations. A problem solver at heart, I’m adept at finding the right solution, whether it’s in financing, negotiation, or finding the right property.

More personally, I graduated with a BA in Communications from UNC Chapel Hill. I've raised four children with my husband, Bill, and have one granddaughter. Cooking, entertaining, reading and dining on one of Charlotte's many outdoor patios are some of my favorite things.

Call me, and let's get started!