There are so many things to consider when buying a home. If you’re serious about buying a home, hire a local real estate agent with a proven track record that understands what you’re looking for. Your agent will be by your side during this entire process, schedule showings, and accompany you to them, as well as guide you through the entire buying process.
There are many reasons that Cove Realty is Kenosha’s #1 Independent Brokerage, including that we can offer flexible commissions because we’re locally owned and operated. On average we save clients at least $2,300 at closing, if you’re buying a home for $300,000 that can increase to as much as $4,500.
Our hometown team knows Kenosha neighborhoods and communities here inside and out because they grew up here. They’ve helped clients buy and sell many of the same homes! The team doesn’t just set a date and time to show you homes they also identify issues and prospective problems while touring homes. This same knowledge is leveraged when helping you negotiate a price and any needed repairs when it’s time to make an offer.
Cove Realty also offers a wide network of connections to help you through the process from local mortgage lenders, home inspectors, and title companies to contractors available to timely complete repairs. The last thing you want to do is to arrive at the closing table with an inexperienced or careless realtor.
Here are 9 important tips to consider when buying a home in Kenosha County.
1) You shouldn’t just love the home, you should also love the neighborhood. Be sure to research recreation, schools, and the vibe of the neighborhood to make sure it’s a fit for your lifestyle.
2) Don’t max out your budget based on what you’re approved for. Keep a buffer for repairs, monthly bills, insurance, renovations, and decorating!
3) Buying a house can help you build wealth for your future. Consider how buying a home will impact your future versus renting.
4) Don’t skip the home inspection because $500 is a small price to pay for the pace of mind you’ll be provided.
5) Know what you can and can’t live with before you start touring homes. In the heat of making an offer you don’t want to compromise too much that’ll be costly to change in the future.
6) Don’t judge a book by its cover. Some homes show horribly but have great bones and some do-it-yourself upgrades could make all the difference.
7) Never buy a bigger space than what you actually need. A larger home just means more space to maintain and higher utility bills.
8) Make sure you consider the age of the appliances when buying or selling a home.
9) Take note of which way the windows face and consider taking a tour at different times of the day. This will play a part in the overall temperature of your home and lawn care!