What I Learned From House Hunting….

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
6446 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Whaaattt? Did you really come across a house that didn’t?

I’m also commenting to follow as we will be house hunting soon (hopefully!)

Post # 5
11593 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Make sure you ask:

  • How old the roof is (roofs last 20-30 years and are a huge expense.  If it’s old, you may need to factor in that cost)
  • How old the deck is
  • How old are the appliances/hot water heater/HVAC unit
  • Parking situation if there isn’t a driveway (we have assigned parking, but only one spot – also about guest parking)
  • Any community amenities and associated fees (HOA fees)

I’m sure I have a ton more things that I learned, but those are the ones sticking out to me.  I recommend having a clear list of things you must have, things you’d like to have, and things you can do without but would be cool to have.  For example, we had to have a walk-in closet, wanted an open floor plan, and could live without a garage as long as we had assigned parking. 

Post # 6
595 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

  • What are the taxes?
  • Is the house in foreclosure or is it a short sale?
  • If it is private well/septic, how old is it?  when was the last time the septic was pumped?
  • Is the house is a flood plain?
  • Check the basement for water marks to see if there has been flooding.  If you see water marks and you still like the house, as why there are water marks.


Post # 7
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Looking for houses, making offers, applying for a loan, inspections, house closing….takes a LONG TIME!!! House Hunters makes it seem as if once you find the house, it’s yours. Totally not true. Closing on a home on the East Coast area can take up to 45 days. Torture! We are to close in one week and I’m so nervous something won’t go right.

Post # 8
247 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Get preapproved and start compiling your financial documents now! Mortgages can take a while to finalize and it can be a huge pain hunting down old W2s, tax returns, bank statements, etc. 

If you are buying a condo, ask for a copy of the condo association’s rules and bylaws. They may have weird regulations that you don’t like. Also ask to see about the association’s budgets and reserves.

Post # 9
526 posts
Busy bee

flood plain, property taxes and school districts, EVEN IF YOU THINK YOU KNOW.

Oh, and if its an old house, have your inspector make sure the walls are insulated. that was a fun discovery.

Post # 11
47 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

I second – Know what you want and what you will not compromise on.


e also drove by the property before we asked our realtor to see the house. Sometimes, the pictures online are old and do not show the current status of the house. Take lots of pictures so that you remember what the house looks like. After a while, they will start looking the same. Do not look at houses that are above what you are comfortable at paying. Write down notes about the house and what would need to be fixed from what you see during your walk thru.


Post # 12
952 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

1. is the house available? In vegas 5 out of 6 houses they brought us to had been sole that morning or the night before.

2. we didnt find a ouse we wanted on that trip but we came back and drove around the neighborhoods around 9 pm. We feel in love with one beighborhood because at 9 people were still taking their dogs out for walks and chatting on their lawns etc.

Post # 13
204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

“Is this still available?”

We’re looking right across the Hudson from NYC and it’s amazing how low inventory is running-I was pretty depressed about it and stalking Trulia/my realtor’s website is pretty much a daily must. It’s also our fault for insisting on only 2 towns. I can tell my husband is not a suburbanite, being near an urban area, even if right by it is his real comfort zone end so I found 2 towns with good school districts that we can live with for the long term.  

At this juncture our best bet is to get everything ready to expedite closing and wait for something to come on the market. 

Post # 14
511 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Not a specific question, but highly recommend getting a really good, reputable home inspector to do the inspection on your behalf.  My FI used one recommended by his realtor, and the guy must’ve been a joke or getting kickbacks on home sales because there is SO MUCH wrong with the house that a reasonably thorough inspector should have turned up.  Like, the other day while cleaning out under the kitchen sink after a leak, I found an old rat trap sitting in a gaping hole between the framing and the foundation – WTF!  There was also a section of the main drain to the sewer that had been hastily patched and was leaking sewage into the basement bathroom wall.  In contrast, the guy who did my townhouse inspection was super-familiar with the neighborhood and knew all of the quirky things to look for; thanks to his attention to detail (like checking every. single. window sash) I was spared a lot of trouble post-closing!

Post # 16
1754 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

If it is winter, find out what the landscaping is like in the summer.
Is there a sump pump? (For avoiding floods)
Is there a washer/dryer included?
Is the stove electric or gas?
What is the situation with garbage take out? 

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