Fort Lauderdale is one of the most popular places to transfer today in America. Thousands of people flock into the city each year because of the various commercial attractions, as well as to experience the luxury of peaceful living. Not all homes are created equal though, which is why you need to check a few things first when buying Fort Lauderdale real estate.
Observing the Details
Although most of the neighborhoods and communities in Fort Lauderdale are decent and secure, you still have to observe the surroundings to find out about the living conditions. Check if most of the homes in the area are occupied by the owners themselves. It will be a good sign that market value of properties are good and will be useful for resale if you consider it in the future. Most homes on the street or block you plan to live in should not be rentals and should appear in good condition.
You can take advantage out of old, dilapidated or damaged houses by negotiating for a lower price. Minor details that need repair or fixes can equate to lower cost for you as the buyer. The curb appeal should be good or else you can take it as a flaw that will affect overall price of the property. Take a tour of the property without the owner or tenants present. Check it both during the day and at night. Observe the surroundings and neighbors. Also check after heavy rains and floods.
Inspecting the Property
When you get to meet the seller, ask to see the house both externally and internally. Start from the outside by taking note of the front lawn and yard. Check if the grass has been cut and the bushes trimmed. Check the walk towards the house and assess the walls and windows from the outside. Look for cracks, chips and crevices.
Once you get inside the house, assess the doors, doorknobs, floors, windows, ceiling, stairs and posts. Look for signs of wear and tear. Try to observe the materials used especially wood if it is still in good condition. Listen for creaks and try to find signs of leaking or flooding inside. Burn marks, chips and punctures in the walls, counters and tiles are not good signs. You can use these to help reduce more costs from the total sale.
Have a professional engineer and real estate agent assess the house too so you can be sure that the house is in good living condition and you can get the best price possible on it. Measure the total area of the house and lot, then ask for the blueprints and layout too. Check the basement and attic then look for signs of flooding, infestation or molding.
Searching the Internet
There are actually a lot of Fort Lauderdale real estate available on the Web. You can assess the possible prices based on the location and condition of the home. Items up for sale may be described as open for lease, a preforeclosure or foreclosed.
Compare the criteria given in the description and pictures with a list you have made. Make sure that the house has all the important features you are looking for. The description should be correct as well, with all titles secured. Make sure that the seller is the legal owner of the home and that there are no longer any existing tax dues or liens.
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