After you’ve spent hours and days pouring over your options for a new home on the Western Slope, and you’ve narrowed your decision to a couple of properties, you still have to take a moment to consider a few very important aspects of buying. Think about the following before you make an offer and start your negotiations. The following are all of the elements that you will need to think about when buying, as they could actually play into the negotiations and the price you pay.
Amenities in the Area
Always look at the amenities in the area to see how convenient it will be to live there. How close are the grocery stores, shops, restaurants, and parks? You need to know how far you will have to go to reach these destinations to see whether it is worth living there or not. Of course, those who are seeking a truly rural experience will want to make sure that they don’t have amenities in walking distance!
What’s the neighborhood like? Look up some information online, naturally. However, you will get a much better feel of the community by spending a little bit of time there. See what the people are like and how the neighborhood functions. What’s the crime rate? Does the area have good schools?
If you aren’t quite retired yet, you need to know how far the home is from your work. What will the commute be like, and will you have easy access to the highways?
Get an Inspection
Always get an inspection of the home so you know what is right and wrong with the property before you put in an offer. Knowing that the home has old wiring or a structural issue can make a big difference on whether you want to buy or not.
Always consider these elements when buying a home on the Western Slope, or anywhere else for that matter.