Acadiana Home Buying Moves That Can Cost You Money

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Today’s Acadiana housing market doesn’t currently favor home buyers, but that hasn’t stopped people from needing to buy them anyway. Having a place to live fulfills one of the most basic human needs, even if it does come at a cost. Sometimes, though, the cost of buying a home can be inflated by certain Acadiana home-buying moves.

Not Hiring a Local Lafayette Realtor

It can be tempting sometimes to try to buy a home without hiring a realtor. You might think that it would save you money. According to SmartAsset, you’ll have to pay a realtor a commission that is usually a small percentage of the price of the home if you hire one. If you didn’t hire one, you could save some of that money. The thing is, though, that hiring a local Lafayette realtor can help you find a home that is a better fit for you and your budget, and negotiate the terms of the sale to be more favorable to you, which can help you save money.

Waving the Inspection

With how fast homes tend to sell these days, it’s tempting to do anything that you can to speed the sales process up so that it’s less likely that someone else will swoop in and get the home you’re trying to buy. That includes waiving a home inspection done by an inspector that you’ve hired. According to J Bixler Inspections, even if an inspection was completed by the seller, you should still get your own. It’s the best way to know what you’re getting into with the home you’re getting ready to buy. You don’t want to be caught by surprise by large repairs that are needed right after you move in.

Buying a Lafayette home Sight Unseen

One of the other things that some people are doing to speed up the Lafayette home buying process is to buy a home without seeing it in person. Sure, they’ll look at pictures or take a virtual tour, but there isn’t a better way to get a feel for what it would be like to live in a home than to tour it yourself in person. According to We Buy Ugly Houses, buying sight unseen leaves you vulnerable to the possibility of footing the bill for major home repairs after the deal is done. Making the right moves can help you avoid spending more than you need to when it comes to buying a new home. Things like hiring a realtor, having the home inspected, and seeing the home yourself before you buy it can all go a ways towards helping you buy a home at a more reasonable price. Not only that, but they can also help you get a home you’ll be happier in the long run.

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