After a long period of search, you were able to find a perfect house. You may have considered a lot of criteria before you found it but it's not time to stop yet. Keep in mind owning a house is among the major choices a person has to make in his life. Nobody wants to end up in a wrong decision after spending a huge amount of savings.
I will give you some things you may want to consider after finding your ideal house. The initial step you need to do is approach your neighbors. Make sure they are the people you would want to live next to for years. They can also give you details about the history of the house.
You can also check the community. Try driving around at anytime of the day to see if the streets get busy at some point. How much time does it need you to reach your office every day? Check if there are constructions nearby that might give intolerable noises. You need to check the neighborhood during the evening as well. How well is the lighting and how peaceful it is especially late at night. Think about the place and also if it will be suitable to stay in. Make use of the library to search on information about the community. There may be water issues you should know about or there may be recurring criminal activities like robbery and theft.
A best way to check on your house is through home inspection. You may think twice because of the money you have to pay but sooner you will realize its worth it. However you need to make sure you get a home inspection company that has a good customer feedback. Do not forget this particular house where you going to dwell in a lengthy period of time; you need to be confident there will be no unexpected situations later on.
Request for the documents for previous improvements. You should not trust a hundred percent on the ad telling you everything is new. Some parts may really be new but the foundation of the house is not and you will end up spending a lot on the reconstruction and maintenance.
Get feedback from the past owners. Ask as many details as you can. Bear in mind these are the people who are selling the house, they may exaggerate a little, so take their information with a grain of salt. You also need to see the past electric and water bills to have knowledge of you future utility expenses. Take a close look at the property taxes. Check the Internet and get the details on the annual taxes you have to pay. Be sure to know or at least have an idea how much will be your yearly expenses.