June 25th, 2009 10:08 PM by Jodie Ford
Help for Charleston AFB, SC Real Estate Buyers
This is a great time to be a military family on the move to Charleston AFB, SC. The weakened economy put a glut of nice homes, some below their original price, on the market. And, if you’ve just received PCS orders to Charleston AFB you’ll have your pick of nice, inexpensive homes. With all this choice you’ll need to know what you should look for in a prospective home. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), compiled a list of questions you should ask yourself when you’re looking for your new residence in the Charleston AFB area:
Is an older home a better value than a new one in the Charleston AFB area?
There isn’t a definitive answer to this question. You should look at each home for its individual characteristics. Generally, older homes may be in more established Charleston neighborhoods, offer more ambiance, and have lower property tax rates. However, people who buy older homes shouldn’t mind maintaining their home and making some repairs. Newer homes tend to use more modern architecture and systems, are usually easier to maintain, and may be more energy-efficient considering the Charleston, SC heat and humidity.
What should I look for when walking through a home in Charleston AFB area?
• Do you see yourself living in this home today and until your PCS away from CAFB?• Are there enough bedrooms and bathrooms?• Is the house structurally sound?• Do the mechanical systems and appliances work?• Is the yard big enough?• Do you like the floor plan?• Will your furniture fit in the space? Is there enough storage space? (Bring a tape measure to better answer these questions.)• Does anything need to repaired or replaced? Will the seller repair or replace the items?• Imagine the house in good weather and bad, and in each season. Will you be happy with it year-round?
Take your time and think carefully about each house you see. Ask Jodie Hurt, The Charleston Realtor, to point out the pros and cons of each home from a professional standpoint.
What questions should I ask when looking at homes near Charleston AFB?
Many of your questions should focus on potential problems and maintenance issues. Does anything need to be replaced? What things require ongoing maintenance (e.g., paint, roof, HVAC, appliances, carpet)? Also, ask about the house and Charleston AFB top rated neighborhoods, focusing on quality of life issues. Making a list of questions ahead of time will help you organize your thoughts and make the PCS to Charleston AFB and finding your new Charleston AFB home that much easier.
Charleston Air Force Base Real Estate For Sale – Jodie Hurt
I specialize in helping military families enjoy a smooth PCS in and out of Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina. I have a passion for helping people, and I love what I do. Call me (843) 819-4398 and let me make this the easiest PCS yet!