Buying a home tops the list of dreams for many Americans, and the excitement of achieving such a proud goal can sometimes cloud otherwise sound judgment. Whether you are buying from an owner or going through an agency, here are ten questions to ask yourself before you make a final decision when looking at San Diego homes for sale:

  1. Have you been to the house at night? Neighborhoods can be very different at different times of day.
  2. Have you looked, really looked at the view? Are there construction projects going up that might block it in the future?
  3. Have you talked to the neighbors? Neighbors can offer objective advice that owners or realtors may not, and they have first-hand insight into the neighborhood and the feeling of the area.
  4. Have you really thought about the cost of remodeling? If you are choosing a house that needs remodeling, don’t assume it will be a snap.
  5. Have you checked with City Hall? Make sure you know about any zoning restrictions, easements or leans. These should be disclosed by the seller, but you are better safe than sorry.
  6. Have you spent some time driving around the neighborhood? Sometimes an area can be quite different in a span of a few blocks. Explore your new neighborhood before committing to a life there.
  7. Have you asked to see previous utility bills? Finding out that heating costs are thousands more than you expected after you move in can be quite the downer.
  8. Have you seen the home inspection? Are you aware of any defects as well as any other problems like infestation or lead paint?
  9. Have you researched newspaper archives regarding the neighborhood? Inform yourself about any potential hidden dangers like local water contamination or a proposed sewage plant going up next door.
  10. What is your gut telling you? If everything seems perfect but you just don’t feel right, you may want to reconsider or at least give yourself some time to suss out the source of your uneasiness.

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