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Today I’ll go over four common homebuyer mistakes and how to avoid them.

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There are a few big mistakes buyers often make when buying a home that you can easily avoid.

1. Overlooking the commute time. Most buyers take Google Maps’ word for it when it comes to judging the commute time. I’ve seen people buy a home only to discover that their drive to work is 45 minutes longer than they thought it was. That can lead to an additional hour and a half of driving each day. I recommend actually driving that commute before you buy the home.

2. Pay attention to the bedroom-to-bathroom ratio. Sometimes people buy a house and are excited to start a family, but they wind up buying a 3-bed, 1-bath house, and now the family has to share one bathroom. Keep growth in mind when purchasing your home.

"You can add square footage to your home, but you can’t add more land to your lot."

 

3. Pay attention to the size of the lot. You can add square footage to your home, but you can’t get more lot. People often buy property on smaller lots and still want to make additions to the house, which can be difficult.

4. Make note of all the conditions and restrictions of the HOA. If you buy a property that has a homeowners association, there will be restrictions on making additions to the property, changing the color of the property, and other things like that. Make sure that you’re not overlooking any special conditions that could keep you from customizing your dream home.

If you have any other questions about buying a home, just give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!