When you rent a place to live, you usually don’t become overly attached to it because you only expect to be there for a short duration. If you have rented for years, it may initially be difficult to change your mindset when you purchase your first home in Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, and the surrounding areas. Unlike renting, you can’t just give notice and move if you feel tired of your surroundings. That’s why it’s important to keep your long-term vision in mind.
Look at the Big Picture Before You Make an Offer
Except in cases of seller deception, you alone are responsible for repairs in your new home once you have signed closing papers. One way to ensure that you’re not in for some unpleasant surprises is to hire an experienced home inspector. He or she identifies current structural issues as well as anything that could be problematic in the future. Be sure to budget for home repairs so you aren’t facing a financial crisis the first time an appliance falls apart.
If you have children and intend to enroll them in a public or private school, research the school district before deciding to settle in a specific neighborhood. You can click here to see listings and ratings for all schools from pre-school to 12th grade. It’s also a good idea to research and understand local zoning codes in case you decide to add to your home later.
Get to Know Your Neighbors
Buying a home means becoming part of a neighborhood, so do everything you can to develop relationships with your neighbors from the day you and your family move into your new home. They don’t have to become your closest friends, but a little pleasantness and a helpful attitude goes a long way. That way, you have already established trust should you ever need their help with anything such as signing for a package or emergency childcare.
You also need to show consideration for your neighbors by keeping your lawn trimmed, supervising your children and pets, and keeping noise levels to a minimum. These common courtesies are small things that make it easier to live on the same block together for many years. Before long, you will forget what it felt like to be a renter because you will have put down roots in your new Morehead City or Atlantic Beach neighborhood.
Saying good-bye to the rental lifestyle is a big and exciting step. When you’re ready to make the leap, contact us at Golf & Shores Properties to begin the search for your first home.