Buying a house is easily one of the most exciting times of your life, and unfortunately often one of the most stressful as well. Working closely with an experienced Real Estate Agent with whom you can trust is vital in ensuring your home buying process runs smoothly and stays on track to meet the deadlines within escrow.

You may have budgeted for your closing costs, however when purchasing a home there are often a few other fees that creep up on you, most of which you may have thought were included within your purchase price or been unaware of prior to closing.

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#1 Appliances

Easily one of the biggest items that buyers expect would be the appliances within the kitchen. It is surprisingly common for a home to not be sold with a refrigerator of washer and dryer, and while in most cases this is explained within the documents you’ll sign, it is easily overlooked and thus, walking into your new home to no fridge or washer and dryer can be quite a shock and lead to unexpected expenses.

#2 Window Coverings

While not as common, in some cases the blinds and curtains that you saw when touring the home may be taken with the seller, leaving your windows and doors bare. This not only takes away from your privacy, but purchasing window coverings can easily add up, especially within homes that boast stunning natural light and oversized windows as these are often only available through custom measurements.

#3 Wall Hangings

Have you ever walked into a staged home, or a home that is beautifully designed with artwork on the walls, coordinating throw pillows, and fresh flowers? Well, unfortunately, all that artwork that you fell in love with won’t be as pleasant once it’s removed. Often homes that boast large pieces of art hanging on the walls or multiple frames and shelves means that behind it all there are dozens of different nails, screws, nail holes, anchors, and more that could leave nasty holes within the drywall and cause patch work and repairs to the drywall as well as require new paint.

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If you’re in the process of buying a house, whether you’re in the early stages, or are ready to place an offer, make sure you review all of your documents closely, ask questions, and get clarity on any verbiage you are unsure of so that there are no surprises when you unlock your door and step into your new home for the first time.

If you’re currently searching for a new home, ready to sell your home, or if you have any questions regarding Southwest Washington Real Estate, please feel free to contact our office at any time and we would be more than happy to assist you.