Questions to Ask When House Hunting in Santa Fe

Congratulations on being in the market for a new home in Santa Fe, New Mexico! Buying a new home is exciting, intense, and even frustrating.

ALSO SEE: Santa Fe Home Buyers Guide

If you are like a typical home buyer, you will probably see 5-10 homes during your journey towards owning a new home in Santa Fe. You are likely to find Santa Fe homes that interest you through online Santa Fe home searches, with your real estate agent, and by attending open houses.

When looking for that “perfect” home, it’s important that you establish a list of questions that are important to you in your search. These may be questions like:

  • Is the house structurally sound?
  • Is there enough room for us to grow into?
  • Is the house in move-in condition or will it need work?
  • Is the home close enough to my everyday needs, such as grocery stores, schools, work?
  • Will I feel safe here?
  • Do the appliances included in the sale work?
  • Is the yard right for my needs?
  • Do I like the floor plan?
  • Is there enough storage?
  • How friendly are the neighbors?
  • How loud does it get in the neighborhood?
  • What will your commute to work be like? (tip: drive the route on a work morning to find out.)
If you have kids, there are even more questions you may have, like:

  • Do any sex offenders live nearby? (tip: you can do an online check for this.)
  • Is the home easy for me to “kid-proof?”
  • How good are the nearby schools?
  • Is the yard fenced?
  • Is there after school day care nearby?

Some of these questions you may be able to answer yourself when touring the home. Others you may have to research, or you can ask the home owner or selling agent.

When it comes to house hunting, there are several more things you should be on top of, including: mortgages, making offers, the contingency period, insurance, closing, and household expenses. For more information on the complete process, be sure to check out our new home buyer’s guide.

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