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Tips For Getting A Great Deal When Buying A Home

Submitted by: Penny Lane

When shopping for a new home, you probably narrow down neighborhood first and then you begin to look at homes in your price range. You eliminate choices whose style you do not like or whose maintenance is overwhelming. One of the things smart home shoppers do is to add value to the choices with smart buying strategies. Haggling over a great price can save you a lot of money, but in the long run, it may not be the best way to get a good value. You may save a couple of thousands of dollars on the price of the home, but in the coming years, if you find yourself reinvesting that money into the home, there was really no savings. Instead of haggling over a reduced price for the home, try to get the home sellers to make some of the expected upgrades in the house before you buy it. This not only saves you the investment in the future, it means you will not have to go through the lengthy process of choosing a contractor and living through the repairs. If you are trying to buy a home for a lower price, consider asking the home sellers if they will install a shingle roof or do another home improvement as part of your contract.

When buying a new home ask the realtor if the existing appliances are included in the offer. This means the appliances in the home are sold with the home and included in the price of the sale. This saves you a lot of money on expensive appliances at a time when cash may not be readily available. If the appliances in the home you are buying are not that old, your home seller may be willing to leave them behind, especially if they plan to upgrade in their new home. This is especially true if the home seller is moving to a condominium or other living arrangements where those things are supplied.

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You can also ask for cosmetic upgrades before making a home purchase. If you notice the carpet is a little worn out or the home needs new flooring upgrades in the bathroom or kitchen, you can require the current owner to make these changes as part of the deal. However, you may not get the look you want in the home, so sometimes it is better to ask for a carpet or flooring allowance. This means as part of the deal, you get cash back during the sale to put toward the improvement. This enables you to make an upgrade immediately that you love, even if you cannot afford it after making the purchase of the home.

An inexpensive way to get some additional value is to ask the current owner if they will leave the window treatments in the home. This is not a huge savings, but if you do not need to buy new curtains for every window in the house, you will save a few hundred dollars, at least. Furthermore, you get window treatments that match the home. The home seller may be more than willing to work out this deal because the old treatments probably will not match the decor of their new home.

Finally, speak to the current owner about adding landscaping. Chances are they made some exterior upgrades to boost the curb appeal anyway. If you plan to add flowers, shrubbery and landscaping to the property once it is yours, you can save some money by asking that it be done as part of the sale.

About the Author: Penny Lane has often called on the expertise of a

Dayton shingle roof

specialist for a home remodel she and her husband are doing. She scheduled a consultation with a

Dayton home improvement

specialist to discuss a kitchen remodel.

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isnare.com

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