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10 Things to Consider Before Making an Offer on a Home

Top 10 Things to Consider Before Making an Offer on a Lakeland Fl Home for Sale

 

Once you’ve finally found your best Lakeland Fl home for sale that perfectly suits your needs and lifestyle, you may be eager to make an offer and get started with the negotiations.

 

Top 10 Things to Consider Before Making an Offer on a Lakeland FL Homes for SaleIf you are buying in a sellers market where there are multiple offers from other buyers, you may feel pressured to make an offer too soon just to beat the competition.

 

Before you give the seller your earnest money deposit, make sure you or your real estate agent have done some research and considered these top 10 most important things before you commit to an offer on a Lakeland Fl home for sale:

 

1. Neighborhood

If you already live in the same neighborhood, then you can skip this step. If not, make sure to check out the neighborhood through community websites, local government sites, local newspapers, and a personal drive-by. Check out what’s happening and if there are future developments planned for the neighborhood. Talk to the residents and get both their positive and negative feedback about living in the neighborhood.

 

2. Crime

You can get the local crime statistics of any area from the local police station. You can also check it online at www.crimereports.com to find information on crime statistics in a particular address or ZIP code.

 

3. Schools
Even without kids, living in a neighborhood near a good school district boosts your Lakeland home’s value. You can find information in the school district’s website by visiting www.polk-fl.net

4. Local amenities
Check out the nearby amenities and find out if its walking distance from the Lakeland Fl home for sale. If you have a particular hobby or recreation you enjoy like swimming or golf, find out where the nearest facility is.

5. Neighborhood amenities
If you are buying in a neighborhood with a homeowners association, you can find information on their website about the neighborhood amenities and activities. Some neighborhoods without homeowners associations also have regular community gatherings and sports leagues.

6. Visit the neighborhood at different times of the day
To get a feel of how it is to live in that area, visit it at several different times: on a weekday, weeknight, and a weekend, and visit at different times of the day to find out the noise and activity level in the area.

7. Commute time
Check out how traffic is during rush hour and test your commute time to and from work, school, or other places you frequently visit.

8. Home inspection
Your purchase offer should include a home inspection so you know if the home needs repairs and how much they will cost. The seller may or may not agree to pay for the home repairs but it’s always a good idea to be fully aware of the condition of a home before buying it.

9. Ask the seller
The seller of the Lakeland Fl home for sale is the best person to learn about the home and the community. Ask the seller about renovations and improvements they have done on the home. You can also ask whether your plans for improving or expanding the home are possible.

10. Find out the extra costs of owning the home.
The costs of buying a home goes beyond the monthly mortgage payments. Make sure to ask the seller about HOA dues, insurance, taxes, and utility bills and check whether all these will still fit your budget.

Careful planning and preparation is needed when buying a home since this will be one of the biggest purchase decisions you will ever make. Knowing these 10 things before buying a Lakeland Fl home for sale will save you from future stress and unexpected expenses. Your Lakeland Fl agent will be able to help you in gathering information you need in order to make an educated decision.

Check out this video about Lakeland FL if you are not familiar about our town. Please click on this link if the video does not play: http://youtu.be/gOTgEINFGfk

 

Give us a call at 863-619-6918 for a private showing or questions you may have purchasing a home in Lakeland Florida or the surrounding cities, such as Bartow, Auburndale, Winter Haven, Polk City, Lake Alfred, Mulberry, Davenport, Lake Wales and Plant City.

 

Authored by Petra Norris 

 

Petra Norris - REALTOR®, SFR
Managing Broker - CDV TransAtlantic, Inc.
 
CDV TransAtlantic Inc
(863) 619-6918
 
Lakeland Florida Home Search
 
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