* Before entering the home, take a thorough look at the roof and pay particular attention to missing shingles, holes, sags, or anything that catches your attention.
* Focus on structural items such as electrical, plumbing, and appliances because those things are harder and more expensive to change.
* Do not be sidetracked by easily changeable items such as current decor, paint color, window treatments, and so on.
* Inhale deeply and smell every room. Sewage systems in older homes can sometimes get clogged or damaged by tree roots, causing unpleasant odors.
* Touch everything! Turn on every faucet and light switch, open every window and door, flush the toilets, even taste the water. Know what does and does not work and what minor fixes will be needed.
Looking at potential homes can be exciting, but potential home buyers must be astute and not allow their enthusiasm to distract them from making uneducated or rash decisions.
"I wish we would have thought to check all the little things when we bought our first home", said James Goss, a homeowner in Nolensville, TN. "If we had, it may have saved us a lot of stress and money in the long run."
Buying a home is an exciting process, if potential home buyers can find not only the best house for them, but the best house for their future investment.
About Michele Sliwa: Music City’s Business Woman’s Realtor, Michele Sliwa combines success in the fashion & event planning with her experiences as a property manager to guide anyone through the perplexing maze of home building, selling, and buying. While working closely with builders and designers as her house was being built, it became apparent that Michele had an innate ability to understand complex processes and make smart decisions with ease; her builders and designers strongly suggested she become a realtor. Since then, Michele has perfected the art of real estate interpretation and communication and her clients value her ability to manage and clearly explain all of the moving pieces of the buying, selling, and remodeling process. Michele successfully completed the Masters Business Agent program and is a New Home Specialist. Michele has the uncanny ability to spot trends in the market before many others do; this unique talent gives her and her clients a distinct edge. She is a self-professed foodie and amateur chef. Michele is passionate about art and music and volunteers for the Nashville Symphony and Nolensville Elementary School.