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What are common first-time home buyer mistakes?

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When you set out to buy your first home, the experience can often feel overwhelming. After all, you have a lot of ground to cover and a lot of big decisions to make. It helps if you set out after getting a good idea of what to expect.

One of the first things you can do is figure out what mistakes to avoid. There are many common mistakes first-time homebuyers make that can sour the whole experience, after all.

Getting distracted by “icing”

Business Insider examines the most common mistakes homebuyers make. Many of them revolve around accidentally getting stuck on one idea or concept, to the point that you ignore otherwise perfect homes. For example, you may want a home with a screened porch or a basement. You do not want to avoid looking at other options just because they do not have certain features.

Many people also get caught up in the “icing” of a home. This can include features like stainless steel appliances or granite countertops. Over time, you can make these additions yourself in a home without them. But it will cost you much more time and money if you need to replace basic things like the foundation, roof or insulation.

Prioritize the location

Always consider location, too. Even if you plan to live somewhere for a long while or indefinitely, you will likely need to sell the property sooner or later. Location is the one aspect of a home you cannot change, so you always want to take resale value of the area into consideration.

It helps to have legal help walking you through, too. They can give you all the information you need during this process.