House-hunting in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle brings a host of factors to search for— number of bedrooms, square footage, the right neighborhood, proximity to schools and commute times. With all of these on homebuyer minds, it can be easy to overlook elements that can stir up trouble after you've been handed the keys.
As your local real estate experts, Kable Team Realty makes it a priority to ensure buyers are 100% comfortable with their purchase in the Eastern Panhandle and that begins with what to look for while you're touring available homes. Be careful not to pass by these 3 important things in potential properties in Jefferson and Berkeley County this fall:
When you arrive for a showing at a home in West Virginia, you may think about checking the gutters, but there are a few other signs to watch for. Do you notice puddles of water pooling in the yard? Does the yard slope back toward the house? Are the gutters in bad shape?
Drainage can be a major issue for homeowners, especially during the winter and spring seasons, so put this on your list as you head out to find your dream home this fall.
Older homes in Charles Town, Ranson, Martinsburg, Harpers Ferry, Shepherdstown, Falling Waters, Inwood and Hedgesville can indeed deliver on charm, just be on the lookout for older elements that can be troublesome, like windows. Older windows, including those that don't open, may need to be replaced or you do run the risk of losing energy throughout the year. Also, consider if you need to purchase storm windows which is an additional expense you may not be willing to take on when purchasing a home.
As we head into fall, turning on the air conditining will likely be far from your mind, but when the summer heat returns, you'll be glad you looked into it! First determine if the Eastern Panhandle home does have an A/C unit as this will be an added cost if you need to install one later. The home inspector will look into the cooling system to determine if it's in proper working order, but you can also listen for strange noises when the air is running and check that it is flowing through all vents.
All of these issues can arise with any home in the Eastern Panhandle and it's always better to know before you buy. When you partner with Kable Team Realty as your trusted real estate agents, we will work together to avoid these common homeowner headaches down the road.
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