I Wish I Knew This Before Buying My First House

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Here's everything I wish I knew before buying my first house

Buying a house is a big deal. Most would say it's the largest investment of your life.

But to that, I'd say: For what purpose are you buying the house?

Answering that question is another article all on its own.

Either way, here's everything I wish I knew before I bought my first house.

Hopefully, you can take my experience and apply it to your home buying efforts to get the best results possible.

Never Skip A Home Inspection

I've talked about home inspections extensively on this blog for one reason.

Inspections are a vital step for anyone looking to purchase a new home.

Yes, they may be a little pricey. Inspections can range anywhere from $350 - $500.

Typically, I've paid $450 per inspection.

It sounds like a lot of money, but wouldn't you prefer to know if the home your buying might:

  • Only have a year's worth of life left for the roof?

  • Need all new electrical?

  • Have serious foundation issues?

Should you discover significant issues with a house after going under contract, you can either:

  • Request the sellers repair the issues

  • Back out of the deal

  • Or continue moving forward and accept responsibility for the house as-is.

Whatever you do, you should never skip a home inspection.

Never Trust The Seller

I'm not saying that sellers are liars here, although some may be.

But you never want to make a buying decision based purely on what the seller says.

Sometimes, they honestly may not know something or genuinely believe what they tell you through no fault of their own.