7 Most Annoying Things About Buying A Home

Dated: April 3 2017

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7 Most Annoying Things About Buying a Home

Buying a home is the American dream. So why, then, is it also a complete nightmare? Talk to most home buyers, and they’ll readilyadmit that for every high point, there are plenty of lows that leave them grumbling.To make sure you’re mentally prepared, here are somecommonirritations you may encounter on the path to homeownership. Rest assured,it’s worth it in the end, but it’s best to know what you’re up against. Fight the good fight!

Annoyance No. 1:Accessibility issues

You’ve seen the listing of your dreams online, buthow does it look in real life? You’re dying to know … if only theownerwould let you take a tour. Sellers who treat their homes like fortresses and makeitdifficult to get in for showings—and, later on, home inspections and walk-throughs—are a major hassle for home buyers looking to make a deal.

We know people are busy and all, but assumingthey trulydowant to sell their home—it is listed, after all—couldn’t they find a wayto squeeze you in?

Annoyance No. 2: The ‘purchase diet’

Even before starting your house hunt, you’llneed to scratch togethera down payment. And there’s more: Onceyou’ve found the perfect home for you, you’ll also need to cough up closing costs. Then, you’d better start preparing for moving expenses.

With all this money flying out ofyour bank account,you have to suddenly be very, very careful about making any unnecessary purchases. Hey, even somenecessaryones may now seem debatable. Who needs dinner, anyway? You atethis morning, isn’t that enough?

Annoyance No. 3: The wait to decorate

You’re so excited about your new digs, you can’t wait to furnish every inch. But alas, you’ll probably have to put the brakes on any trips to Room & Board, since not only did you just blow pretty much all of your funds on the house itself, but there are more serious consequences as well.

“If you make any major purchases on credit, this can impact yourcredit scoreanddebt-to-income ratio,causing you to no longer qualify for yourloan,” notesCara Ameer, a Realtor® in Ponte Vedra, FL. In other words, buy a couch, and that home could slip through your fingers. Trade-offs, people!


Annoyance No. 4: The seller leaves some‘parting gifts’ …

You can’t wait to park your car in your new garage. But as you open thedoor, you’re faced with a scene from an episode of “Hoarders,” thanks tothe previous owner, who opted to leave you a few unwanted surprises.

Yes, they’re supposed to leave the home clean and debris-free, butthey must have deluded themselves into thinking that you’dloveto inherit their old milk crates, half-used bags of potting soil, and other castoffs. Ever heard of holding a garage sale right when you move in? Well, now’s your chance.

Annoyance No. 5: … or parting messages

Wendy Flynn, a Realtor withKeller WilliamsinCollege Station, TX, recalls disgruntledsellers who went to the trouble of releasing all the freon from the home’s air-conditioning system after the final walk-through—for the sole purpose of sticking it to the buyers afterhard feelings had developed over the course of the transaction. Unfortunately, this is no one-off.

“I had anotherangry seller who removed all of the light bulbs from the house just before closing … and the buyers had to purchase all new light bulbs for the house,” she says.

Moral of the story: Try your best not to rub your sellers the wrong way, because bad vibes can become toxic.


Annoyance No. 6: Post purchase let down

It can be a real disappointment when there are items in a home that looked great when you were viewing the home, but just below the surface, it turns out that things are not exactly what they seemed.

“We discovered molding trim pieces that were only lightly tacked up, but in reality needed some repair,” says Flynn. “Those are little things, but they do take the luster off of the excitement of moving into a new home.”


Annoyance No. 7: How does this work?

Everything seemed so simple and user-friendly on the walk-though, but now that you’re on your own, nothing makes sense. You’d swearthat figuringout thatodd door that won’t lock or the sprinkler system requiresan engineering degree.

At least in this case,there’s a pre-emptive measure you can take: “Have your agent coordinate a time where you canmeet with the seller prior to closing to go over how everything works, or ask fora list of instructions on how certain things operate in thehouse,” suggests Ameer. After all, who knows better than the person who’s been living there already?

Speaking of which: Home sellers face theirownshare of annoyances. So if you’re also hoping to unload the home you’re in as well, tune in tomorrow for the full list of all the irritations in store!

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