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Buying A Home: Prevent The Little Surprises That Cause Big Headaches

When preparing to buy an Austin home, there are a few things you should check on before putting a contract on the house. Rather than making assumptions and being disappointed later, ask questions. If your Austin real estate agent doesn’t know the answer, they can find out for you.

Driveway
Does the house or Austin condominium have a driveway? There might be one leading up to the property, but it might belong to the neighbor. Many condos have assigned parking spaces. Find out if this is the case and, if so, which one would be yours.

Fireplace
If the home has a fireplace, take a look and see if it has been sealed. Ask if it is functional. This will be included in a home inspection, but you should find out beforehand if it works and how long it has been since it was used.

Appliances
Find out if the appliances convey. Many people assume that they do, but this is not always the case. Ask for specifics. When looking at Austin houses, take note whether the appliances and HVAC systems use electric, gas or some other form of energy.

Plants
If plants, trees and flowers are included in the seller’s list of items that add value to a house, check whether they will be there when you move in. It could be a shock to find that the little fig tree you fell in love with has been fig-napped and is no longer on the premises.

Boundaries
Check out the property boundaries. Look at a plat or layout before anything is finalized. Remember, a fence line is not always a property line. Find out who owns any outbuildings, sheds or imposing trees on the property.

It may take a little bit of extra time to get these questions answered, but every now and then, the answer is a surprise. If the answers affect your interest in the Austin property for sale, it’s better to find out sooner rather than later, instead of making assumptions.

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