A home is the largest purchase most of us will ever make. It tends to be an emotional experience and we focus on the superficial items such as whether our furniture will fit and the number of bedrooms. Also most home buyers do not have the background and experience to really know what else to look for. The problems we don't see can cost us a lot of money later.
You owe it to yourself to know as much as possible about your home before you commit your life savings to it. You want to make sure that you have all the information you need to make a good decision.
You can use the links above to help you get a better idea of how to go about getting acquainted with your new home.
Think about it for a minute. If you are like most of us, you are going to take most, if not all, of the money you have worked hard for and saved to make a down payment. That just starts the process.
Next you are going to make a commitment to spend 20% to 30% of the money you make every month just in payments for the mortgage.
That is each and every month for the next 30 years!
On top of that there is normal maintenance that will have to be done, repairs that every home will need, furniture, improvements, etc. Don't forget about lawn care, painting and saving for a new roof before it is paid off.