We’ve all been there. You know, the moment your heart falls in love with the most perfect house you’ve ever seen. Of course, in your head your already rearranging the furniture and deciding which bedrooms would be perfect for your kids. Local real estate experts say, you really should try not to fall head over heels in love with a house until after the inspection. Whether you think you’ve found the perfect house, the classiest neighborhood or the friendliest neighbors, be sure to step back and look at the big picture when you’re shopping for a new home. Was there something you missed along the way because of your enthusiasm?

Real estate experts say, a lot of first-time homebuyers fall in love way too fast, and then look for reasons to fall even more in love instead of the other way around. Once you’ve narrowed your search to a few neighborhoods, don’t fall for the first bargain that sweeps you off your feet. Some people are blinded by just the value and are not stopping to consider whether or not they have the money to fix it up. Just because the price is right doesn’t mean the home is. Even if you’re a do-it-yourselfer, remodeling costs add up quickly. If the home you’ve fallen for has flaws that you can fix down the road, you can hope you’ll have enough equity in the home within a few years to take out a home-equity line of credit. Even experienced homebuyers aren’t immune from love at first sight, but they might be more aware of signs that could signal a deal breaker.

Local realtors say, the biggest problems with a home that causes the most buyers to back out are foundation issues and bad roofs. Both of these problems are costly and most homeowners do not want to deal with them right when they move in. Because asphalt roofs have such a short shelf life, more and more homeowners are choosing to invest in a metal roof. They are incredibly strong and will last four times the length of a traditional asphalt roof. Erie Construction of Evansville, Indiana is a leader in the industry and can show you why many are going metal, and not looking back!