As you begin shopping for homes in Anchorage, Wasilla, and the surrounding Mat-Su Valley, chances are you will find feature that aren’t your style or things you would change should you choose to buy that property. Features like paint color, flooring, number of bedrooms, the garage and even the backyard set-up might all stick out to you— but are they serious deal breakers?
Many factors should be considered when determining if a property in Alaska is the right fit for you, but there are a specific set that should prompt you to walk away and keep moving with your home search. As your local real estate experts in Anchorage, Wasilla, Chugiak, Girdwood and the surrounding Mat-Su Valley, Northern Edge Real Estate is sharing a few of those common real estate deal breakers below to ensure you’re not buying a home that can be a major source of stress later!
As they say— location, location, location! It is not unusual for Alaskan homebuyers to think they’ve found “the one,” with all of the right features in terms of square footage, upgrades, and style, but the location is lacking. Pay attention to where a home is located when you arrive for a tour, as those positioned near major highways and busy intersections can have much lower values than those positioned away from the noise and traffic. However, if it the school district that has you considering a particular location that you wouldn’t otherwise choose, it’s best to do all of your research on the area before you make your decision. If the cons outweigh the pros, aside from the school district, it is always wise to keep your home search going.
While paint colors and current flooring can easily be swapped out for new, making changes to a home’s floor plan can be a different story— and oftentimes, a costly one. Reality real estate television shows make it look simple to knock down walls and open up spaces within a few hours time, but the truth is, those projects require a large budget, skilled crew and depending on which wall you intend to remove, installing new overhead beams to redistribute weight in the home. Mind the floor plan as you tour a home in Wasilla, Anchorage, and the surrounding areas— if it won’t work for you in its current state, it may be best to pass.
Have you noticed that older homes tend to be placed differently on their lot than newer homes? Older homes are often placed closer to the street, in busier areas or even closer to neighbors than you might like. Research the home’s positioning prior to deciding if you’d like to tour the place as this is also one factor that is not so easily changed. If you’d prefer to have a wooded lot with more privacy instead of having neighbors just across your driveway, continue with your home search.
Need help finding the perfect home for you in Anchorage, Wasilla, and the surrounding Mat-Su Valley? Northern Edge Real Estate is here for you! Give us a call today for more information about available properties, your wish list and your timeline for buying.
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