What to Know Before Buying a Home

Before hitting the streets to look for a home, check out these helpful facts and figures from the experts at Sleep On It.

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  • Nearly 63 percent of all U.S. households have a pet.

  • Since 1950, family sizes are smaller, but house sizes have doubled.

  • Thirty-six percent of buyers rank proximity to friends and family as an important factor.

  • A nice view can easily add value of a home, so make sure your home's view is not in danger of being obstructed by future construction.

  • Most buyers view about nine homes before making a selection.

  • Buyers should look for loose railings or steps on porches and decks.

  • Keep a measuring tape handy when touring potential homes to determine if your furnishings will fit.

  • Always consider any non-negotiable costs associated with a property such as homeowners' association dues or condo fees.

  • Sixty-eight percent of buyers rank neighborhood as the most important factor when choosing a home.

  • More than 70 percent of buyers want two or more full bathrooms and a laundry room, and more than half want a formal dining room.

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