Buying a home is stressful enough but when you hear your agent tell you that you "can't have it all"....do you know what should be on your "essentials" list?
The big ticket items is the first place to start. Is the HVAC system operating efficiently; has it been serviced regularly? Does the floor plan work for your needs? Don't make the mistake of thinking that you'll just knock out a wall, move a wall or add a wall. It's never as simple as it seems and the costs could exceed your budget. Make sure the house has a good flow, the ceilings are a good height and you have the rooms you need. How's the roof? If the seller has completed a property condition disclosure, it may have the age of the roof listed. In newer homes, you probably don't have to worry about plumbing but you do need to take a look if it's an older home. Last but certainly not least, has the kitchen and bath(s) been updated? You hear this a lot in real estate: "updated kitchens and baths sell the house". Is it a kitchen that needs replacing or some minor improvements? Do you have the number of baths you need? If not, don't settle.
Some repairs are quick, easy and inexpensive. If you can't do the work yourself, remember, labor costs can bring the cost of those changes to another level. If you know what you like and know what you want, it should make it a lot easier to make a decision.