Thursday, 09 January 2014 19:17


Tips For Buying a Home in Springfield, IL

Sometimes, it's easy to get taken in by how beautiful a home looks from the outside. Whether you're buying a house or an apartment, appearance is everything. A freshly-painted home in crisp colors with a picturesque front yard may disguise the fact that the home is really a fixer-upper. There's no harm in buying a fixer-upper, but you just need to keep in mind that fixing up a home is a time and energy consuming process that you may not eventually be prepared for. So make sure that you consider the following things when looking at homes for sale in Springfield IL.


  • Are the floors scratched? Wooden floors look great but they scratch easily. So if the home you're looking at has wooden floors, check out how many scratches there are on the floor and find out how much it would cost to get the floors done.
  • Does the heating work? It's the middle of winter. So you're probably going to notice whether the heating works or not. But it's always a good idea to make sure that there are no HVAC problems with the home you're planning to buy. This is the kind of thing that will come out during home inspections but you can save yourself time and money by figuring it out before making an offer.
  • Does the backyard look as good as the front yard? Usually, people know that the front yard is what makes the first impression upon the buyer. So they maintain it pretty well. The back yard, on the other hand, might be a bit of a mess. Take a look before you buy.
  • How old is the home? Older homes look great but usually have more problems unless they've been fully renovated at some point. If you're going in for a picturesque home which is pretty old, make sure that the plumbing, HVAC and electrical systems are in good working order.
  • What appliances come with the home? It's always nice when you buy a home that has fairly new appliances. That way, you know that you won't be replacing anything anytime soon. After all, buying a home is probably going to be financially challenging and you'd rather not add to your financial burden by having to get new appliances too.

So if you're planning to buy a home, make sure you take the above points into consideration. Contact us for more tips on home buying and selling.

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