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Old 06-01-2020, 11:11 AM
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What do you wish you'd thought about before you bought your last house?
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Old 06-01-2020, 11:29 AM
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I regret not checking all the property for damage.

I have a brick house with a detached brick garage built in the fifties. The house had termites when I bought it. I was an licensed exterminator at the time so it wasn't a big deal. I got rid of the termites on the property, rechecked the house for damage (minimal), all good. This spring when I went to remodel the interior of the detached garage I peeled back the inside sheathing and over half the studs were eaten away. This dude had termites in the garage for at least ten years. If it wasn't for the brick shell the place would have fallen over. I have spent the better part of this spring rebuilding the insides of the garage.
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Old 06-01-2020, 11:43 AM
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There is a busy railroad nearer to the house than we realized.
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Old 06-01-2020, 11:52 AM
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Never thought about it until we bought our current house, but I'm so glad to have a south-facing driveway. It snows a lot here, but I've only really needed to shovel perhaps once per winter.
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Old 06-01-2020, 11:57 AM
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street noise level for my last house. current house actually turned out better than what we originally thought
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My neighborhood has a high water table = the sump pump runs a lot.
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Pools have a lot of expensive maintenance. Especially older ones.
And, try to figure out all the other annual maintenance that must be done. Divide that total by 12, and add it to the mortgage and compare to your monthly income.

Also, the one thought I should have had: "Can I afford this house if I lose my job and have to get another job that pays 20% less?"
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one that I overlooked: Condition of trees on the property. When I bought my house there were 10 large ~70 yr old pine trees that looked not-so-great when we moved in. I didnt think much of it, but 5 years later I had to deal with 10 dead giant trees. Holy crap what a PITA; cant believe how much wood I have gotten rid of.
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Never thought about it until we bought our current house, but I'm so glad to have a south-facing driveway. It snows a lot here, but I've only really needed to shovel perhaps once per winter.
This. I usually need to shovel when it snows, but I don't need to worry about ice building up on the driveway. And if the snow is light, we sometimes just run the shovel down the driveway to expose strips of the black asphalt, which is enough to melt the rest.

I'm also glad I bought a house on a local high point, not a local low point, for water drainage reasons. But I thought about that when I was shopping.
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Where the sun will be at different times of the day. We had one house that the sun was super bright in the dining area every evening at dinner time. It was annoying. And that same house, the living room was super bright in the morning to the point where it made the room feel hotter.
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