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Buyers Handy Checklist

When purchasing a home, you have to think about the long-haul as well as your first impression.

It’s all too easy to fall in love with a property at first glance and forget about all the potential challenges you will face as the new owner.

Here’s a quick real estate buyers checklist of 10 items that you should check off for every new property you look at in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley & surrounding area.  If you consult  this checklist every time, you’ll have a much better chance of ending up with a home that keeps you happy for years to come.

Permits

Research to find out whether or not the property has had any work done on it and whether or not it was properly permitted.

CCR’s &  Building Restrictions

If you plan to remodel,  expand the foot print of the home, or build additional buildings, check to ensure that there are no deed restrictions preventing your dreams.

HOA Restrictions & Stability

Is the property part of a home owner’s association. If so, research any rules or restrictions that apply.  Is it financially healthy and able to enforce its own restrictions?  Are the fees reasonable for services rendered?

Water & Sewer

Who provides the water & waste management for your home?  City, private company or are you responsible with an on-site well and septic system?  The cost of providing drinking water to your home & managing waste water vary greatly.

Future Area Plans & Zoning

Are there any construction projects planned for the area surrounding the home that would impact its future value?

HVAC Condition

Hire a professional to determine the age,  life expectancy and verify that the air conditioning and heating systems are working properly.

Roof Life Expectancy

The inspector should also be able to tell you the condition of the roof and how long it’s expected to last before requiring replacement or significant repair.

School Zoning

Research the school district and local elementary, middle, and high schools to judge their suitability for your children.

Pet Restrictions

Are there any neighborhood rules or restrictions pertaining to pets & livestock?  That would be good to know before you buy.

Health Care Providers

Verify providers and distance to travel to obtain the care you need now or may need in the future.

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