Before getting started on the buying and selling process, it’s always a good idea to make sure you are prepared for it. By asking yourself some questions, you can see if you are ready to get the home buying or home selling process started, or if more time is needed. Here are some questions to ask yourself before buying or selling a house. 

Home Buying 

What’s my pre-approved budget?

Before you start looking at houses for sale, you need to look at how much you are willing to spend. Remember to look into other costs of buying a house besides the price of the home, such as HOA fees, insurance, taxes, etc. This will help you narrow down your house search immensely. 

What is included when I purchase a house?

Know what will stay in the house and what will go. Will that chandelier in the dining room stay? Are the sellers going to take all of the appliances with them? These are important questions to ask because it helps you determine how much you’ll have to spend after moving in to get your house move-in ready.

How old is the roof?

You don’t want to move into a home that needs a roof replacement. Asking questions about the roof before you commit to the home can help prevent unexpected costs and save you headaches later down the road.

What are similar homes selling for in this area?

By comparing the prices of similar homes near the same location, you can figure out if the home you are interested in is overpriced or not. Prices for homes for sale in Johnson County range vastly, so be sure to have your realtor help if you have any questions.


Have there been any previous problems with the home left unfixed?

Is this house in a flood zone? Does it have a bad sewer line? There could be a number of problems with the home that might be expensive for you to deal with once you move in. Ask your realtor about any issues you might not have considered.

Selling A House

When is the best time to sell my house?

Certain times of the year are better than others when it comes to selling your home. Asking your realtor when the best time to sell is can give you an idea on when to start the selling process.

What home repairs or updates should I make before selling?

Having a second set of eyes looking at your home can give you ideas on how to spice up your home. A fresh coat of paint or minor landscaping can make a huge difference in the appearance of your home and the selling price!

Can I afford to sell my home?

Selling your home can have out of pocket costs, and closing costs and commission can add up. Here at Malfer & Associates we provide several complimentary services like staging, photography, and a robust marketing plan. So we cut those costs for you!

What do I leave behind with the home?

Planning ahead on what you want to take to your new place or leave in the home is important so there is no confusion with your buyers. Think about chandeliers or anything you have built in that you might want to take with you or leave behind.

Next Steps

After answering these questions, you should have a clearer understanding of expectations as you begin buying a house or selling your home. The next step is contacting Malfer & Associates to help get these answers into actions. 

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