Do your research and get a home inspection.
It may seem like online dating and home buying are about as different as apples and the International Space Station, but in reality they have a lot in common.
No matter which one you’re thinking of pursuing, it’s important to take a look at the object of your affection, whether human or made or brick and stone. Both have their pitfalls, but if you do your research – googling the person you’re dating and asking questions or getting a home inspection and asking questions – the outcome can keep you happy for years to come.
Home: Are there foundation issues?
Date: Does he even have a job?
Home: Do the pictures look too good to be true on Trulia or Zillow?
Date: Did she airbrush her photos?
Home: Is the roof in good shape?
Date: Is he losing his hair?
Home: Are the appliances in good repair?
Date: Is she a good cook?
Home: Are there termites?
Date: Is the ex a pest?
Home: Have the A/C and heating systems been serviced?
Date: How long before she heats up?
Home: Has preventive maintenance been done?
Date: Do they have any kids?
Home: Does the home need painting?
Date: How does she look without make-up?
Home: What is the interest rate?
Date: Can I really afford all these fancy dinners and gifts?
Home: This community seems like good investment.
Date: Do all fifty members of her family live in San Antonio?
Sure, it’s a little tongue-in-cheek, but it’s not all that different. The answer? Doing your research – in the case of buying a house, this means having a home inspection and asking questions. Know the house you’re about to fall in love with before you find out it’s too late.
“We can’t promise you a great date…but we can promise you a great home!”
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