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Don’t fall in love with a house and overlook its defects

On Behalf of | Nov 18, 2020 | Real Estate Law |

When many people shop for a new home, though they do have a list of must-haves and characteristics that they want, they’re really just looking to fall in love with the house. They want to walk through it and imagine their family living there. They want a house that makes them excited to come home at the end of a long workday. They’re looking for that emotional connection with a property before they buy.

This can be a good thing. If you’re excited about your home, you know you bought the right one. But don’t let it blind you to issues that the house may have. Falling in love with a home is a potential mistake when taken too far. 

Ignoring the facts can lead to disaster

For instance, maybe you’ve always loved Tudor architecture. When the perfect home hits the market, it looks like something out of a fairy tale. You can’t wait to move in, and you haven’t even been in the house yet. 

When you walk through, your love for the style causes you to ignore the facts. You overlook that crack in the foundation. You tell yourself that the water damage in the attic must be old and that it’s probably not an issue anymore. You ignore the fact that the shingles have darkened with age and that a few of them are missing. 

These are all clear signs of potential defects that you want to consider when making an offer. But, if you already know that you want that house no matter what, it can cloud your thinking. A few years down the line, you may regret your purchase. 

Buying the right house has to be done carefully

When buying a home, you need to know your legal rights, you need to consider the contract carefully, and you have to take the time to look into all potential defects and red flags. 


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