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Starter Homes: What to Look For

Hey guys, if you’re looking for a new home, today’s video will be especially helpful for you. We are going to be looking at some of the key things that you should be aware of when looking at starter homes. Most of these things apply to all homes, but they are especially important to keep in mind when you are looking at starter homes. Watch today’s video to find out more!

Today’s Video:

“So I’m going to share with you some of the things that you want to look out for here if you’re looking at these new houses. The first one that jumps out to me is the amount of siding that is on the back of these houses. You also want to check to see what kind of siding it is. If it’s vinyl, that’s not good, that stuff tears up. If it’s hardy board, that’s pretty good stuff, but it is going to require maintenance. Every seven years I think you’re supposed to repaint it. The other thing I want to point out is there are no gutters in this neighborhood. They don’t put gutters on anything. There’s no stone, so there’s no decorative stone or anything like that. On top of that, everything is cookie cutter. These guys order in a ton of material and they put everything in the same house. One other thing you’ll notice here is they’ve got 20-year roofs. You can tell it’s a 20-year roof because it’s flat, there’s no texture to it, there’s not one overlapping another, and so those roofs don’t last as long.”

Pro Tip:
The homes shown in this video are not to be avoided at all costs. There are many instances where buying a home like this may be the appropriate thing to do. They make excellent starter homes. If you do find yourself buying a home like this, you can increase the value of the home pretty easily. I mentioned in the video that all these homes are cookie-cutter, meaning they are all the same inside and out. This means that if you make any additions to the home, it will increase in value. For example, none of these homes have a patio, so if you were to add a patio to your house, it would have a higher value than the other homes in the neighborhood.

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