If you are preparing to buy a home, having an understanding of the process will help make the experience a better one. One area for buyers to pay special attention to is regarding property disclosures. Home sellers are required to disclose aspects and conditions of a property before a sale can close.

Each state has its own regulations about what must be disclosed. The Texas Seller Disclosure form includes noting different property features that are included, as well as the condition of smoke detectors, and structural aspects. There is also a specific list of conditions or events which have affected the owner’s ability to sell. This is a pretty detailed form, but not all aspects are covered.

As a buyer, you can help avoid costly issues or delays if you keep a general checklist of things to look for when you make an offer. The Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council of the National Association of Realtors® has recently published a comprehensive list of potential issues buyers should watch for in their home search. 

                           Some important areas to consider include:

Property Condition-                                                   Health & Environmental Conditions-

Appliances                                                                      Asbestos

Attic/Basement/Crawlspace                                          Flooding issues

Ceilings/ Floors                                                              Lead Paint

Fixtures                                                                           Mold

Foundation                                                                      Pest infestations

Garage                                                                           

Patio/Decks                                                                  Miscellaneous Conditions-

Roof                                                                              Easements, shared parking or roadways

Systems- Electrical, Plumbing, Heating & Air              Homeowners Association regulations

Walls- Interior & Exterior                                               Legal or financial past issues- liens/ judgments

Windows & Doors                                                         Neighborhood noise

                                                                                       Traffic

                                                                                       Zoning regulations

When you are ready to buy a home, the process will be easier if you are prepared and understand what to look for and expect. If you are ready to buy or sell your home,  REALTY TEXAS LCA, Inc. is here to help you with all of your real estate needs! Call me, Laura Austin, at (281) 789-2911 or (936) 321-2977, or email me at Laura@RealtyTx.net. You can also visit me at my website for available listings and additional information.