Wednesday, October 30, 2013

5 Things to Look for When Buying a Lexington Home

Lexington is vibrant right now with the stunning fall backdrop luring residents and visitors alike to spend time exploring our great town.  In fact, you may be visiting my blog because you’re considering relocating to the area!  If so, you’ve come to the right place! 

As a Lexington Real Estate agent for a number of years, I know that buyers can be leery of buying a home in the fall.  They feel it would be better to wait until more homes come on the market in the spring and summer months.  However, the fall can be a great time to buy!

Sellers are most likely hoping to get their home sold before the holiday season and are more willing to negotiate on the price.  You’ll also find there’s less competition since many buyers will wait until the spring.  Because of these two factors, you can find a great home at a great price this fall in Lexington!

As you begin searching for a home in Lexington, here are five things you’ll want to look for in a home to ensure it’s the right fit for you.

1. Layout and Space-  Know your goals for the home, whether it’s a long term home or a home that you’ll use for hosting family and friends. Floor plan, along with the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, play a role in how comfortable and efficient your home is for you.  Although you want the most space for your money, buying a home that’s too large may not be in your best interest.

2. Location- It’s often said that location is key, and that’s very true!  You can always make changes to the interior and exterior of your home, making it look exactly as you would like, but you cannot move your home to a new location. Be sure that the location you choose matches your desires for things such schools, work, daily errands and community.  A home that’s a good price, but is not in the community that fits you best may not be the home for you.

3. Kitchen- For many, the kitchen is the “heart of the home” so you want to know you enjoy the space! Remodeling is always an option, but is a huge undertaking and can become very costly.  Determine what projects you’re willing to undertake and the costs associated with the remodel. 

4. Closets and Storage- Not having enough closets and storage can be a huge point of frustration in a home.  Be sure to check closets and storage options in a potential home.  It will make life much easier in the long run.

5. Finishes- Look at those special details that make the home stand out. While this is minor, it is still what makes a home feel pulled together. If you absolutely love the home, but aren’t keen on the finishes; buy it. You can always make additional updates later!

I hope these tips help as you get started with your Lexington home search!

If you have questions about living in Lexington, about the Lexington Real Estate market, or you’re ready to begin the home buying process; please contact me today

Theresa D'Antuono

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