6 Things To Pay Attention To When Making an Offer For a House in San Diego

6 Things To Pay Attention To When Making an Offer For a House in San DiegoBuying a home can be a fast-paced and overwhelming process, especially during the summer months when both the weather and the market heat up. With supply still lagging behind demand in the residential housing market, it’s easy for buyers to move too quickly. It’ s understandable, though: buyers don’t want to move too slowly and lose that dream home to another bidder. But such haste especially when making an offer, can cost you a lot of money and lead to headaches down the road. So slow down a bit and pay attention to these six things when making an offer for a house in San Diego.

1. Location and Neighborhood

Location is probably the most critical consideration in making an offer for a house in San Diego. And, as many old real state pros say, the next two most important factors are . . . location and location. But that also includes the neighborhood and the potential neighbors – those have to be a good fit for you.

Here’s what industry pros have to say about location: “If the home is not in the right community or subdivision, or the wrong school district, you can rule it out before visiting. Make sure to drive around the neighborhood via different routes and times of the day. Look at neighbors’ homes, nearby buildings, and streets searching for things that would make living in your home less pleasant, including odors, traffic, and noise. Also, don’t ignore the neighbors. Do the neighbors take care of their yard? Is their porch or yard cluttered with junk?”

And keep in mind that your local real estate agent can be a massive help in assessing the neighborhood before you make an offer. To discover more, call (619) 500-2899.

2. Square Footage and Layout/Floor Plan

You may love that big yard and the fireplace, but be sure to pay attention to the square footage and the floor plan when making an offer for a house in San Diego. If these don’t meet your needs, you may come to regret your purchase pretty quickly.

Contrary to what you see on TV, changing the floor plan – knocking out walls or adding rooms – is a significant and expensive task.  Ensure the size of the home, the number of bedrooms, and the layout do suit you and your family.

3. Natural Light

This is an aspect that many buyers overlook when making an offer for a house in San Diego. Natural light is essential, especially if you spend a lot of time in your home, don’t neglect to pay attention to this.

Real estate pros recommend that you “schedule visits at the house during specific times of the day to see how much light it gets. If it’s not enough light, you might want to reconsider your choice, unless you’re willing to spend more cash on renovations and making changes to the current windows or lighting system.”

4. Temperature

This one is overlooked even more often. But when you visit a potential house, you need to pay attention to the temperature – especially if it’s an older house. If, for example, it’s summer when you’re making an offer for a home in San Diego, is the house too warm? Or in winter, is it cold in the house?

“It’s essential,” the pros say, “to keep in mind that an old house could have appliances that are out of date, malfunctioning, or not working anymore at all. A defective heating system will not warm you up enough during winter.  In this case, if you end up purchasing the house, you’ll have to spend some additional money on replacements or [repairs]. And these aren’t cheap. A dysfunctional heating unit could also ‘devour’ all of your cash on electricity bills, and that’s the least pleasant scenario after already spending money on a new house.”

Of course, the same holds for the air conditioning unit during the summer.  Before you make that offer, pay attention to the temperature in the house.

5. Signs of Water Damage

Another significant thing to pay attention to before making an offer for a house in San Diego would be any water damage signs.  This problem can be expensive to put right, especially if there is a resulting mold problem.

If you see any water stains on ceilings or walls, this should be a red flag. Very often, water leaks have been going on for a long time before homeowners address the problem. The result is damage that is far more extensive than you can see. There may even be structural damage.

Also, mold, which often accompanies water damage, can pose a severe health risk. And the process of mold abatement is typically lengthy and expensive.

6. Signs of Foundation Problems

You should also make sure there are no signs of foundation problems before making an offer for a house in San Diego. These can be extremely expensive to repair and usually lead to other issues.

Here’s what industry pros say you should look for: “Watch for cracks in any exposed concrete in the home (i.e. garage floor), floors that feel uneven when you walk across them, or doors that stick when opening and closing. Cracks in ceilings and walls may or may not matter. Foundation issues might create such cracks, but so can less serious causes (i.e. normal settling or even slamming doors).”

Your agent can help you look for signs of foundation problems and determine which ones matter.

When making an offer for a house in San Diego, don’t hesitate to lean on your local agent’s expertise. After considering what we’ve laid out here, your agent can help determine how much you should offer or whether you should make an offer at all. Don’t make an enormous, costly mistake. Find out today how I can assist you. Call (619) 500-2899!

This is Cristóbal Jiménez-Priego, your Sa Diego Community Market Leader.

Cristobal Jimenez-Priego

Multicultural and bilingual, Cristobal brings a unique outlook as a resource to the San Diego County Real Estate Market. Cristobal is passionate about educating & providing options people don’t know they have. Cristobal is dedicated to integrity and professionalism from beginning to end with the primary goal to assist, educate and add value in any way that he can. Cristobal embodies perseverance, tenacity, discipline, systems and negotiation skills. He enjoys helping individuals and families needing to buy a home or sell a property. Cristobal’s upbringing and training are responsible for the discipline, attention to detail and follow-through he brings to his work. He has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Systems Engineering. His professional experience includes problem-solving as a senior consultant for translational enterprises. Moving to San Diego county area, Cristobal knew that it was time for him to pursue his lifelong dream and join the real estate industry. Cristobal is able to exercise his superior observational and organizational skills while completing every transaction with sensitivity to his clients’ needs and goals. Cristobal’s mantra, how you do anything is how you do everything, he strongly believes is the key to long-term relationships.

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