One of the most important things that you should always do before placing an offer on a new home is to do a bit of research into the background of the property as well as inspecting the property yourself in order to determine if the home is a good fit for you. Listed below are two things to do before placing an offer on a home:

Have The Furnace Inspected

One of the first things that you should do before placing an offer on a home is to take a trip to the home's furnace and determine if it is an older model. If the model looks like it is quite old, make sure that you hire a contractor to come and take a look at it in order to ensure that it is functioning properly and safely and to get an estimate from the contractor as to how long it will continue to function before should be replaced.

This is very important because buying the home and finding out that the furnace is in poor condition and needs to be replaced can be exceedingly stressful and expensive, so you will want to have that information beforehand so that you can take steps to mitigate the stress and expense. For example, you could choose to simply walk away from the home or you can stipulate that the homeowner must replace that furnace before you actually move into the home.

Confirm The Property Lines

Another thing to do before placing an offer on a home is to hire a surveying company to confirm the property lines. While the real estate agent is going to try to provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date information available, he or she might still be passing on incorrect information if the information that he or she has been provided is mistaken.

It is very important that you confirm the property lines because it can directly impact what you are planning on doing with the home. For example, if you are planning on putting in a swimming pool you might find out that the property lines are actually much closer in than you thought they were, which can make it so that you are unable to install that swimming pool. In addition, if you were to proceed with mistaken information and accidentally build a portion of the pool on your neighbor's property, then you could end up facing a lawsuit or be forced to remove the swimming pool from your neighbor's property, which could end up being a very expensive and costly mistake.

Contact a real estate agent today in order to discuss what things you should do before placing an offer on a home in order to ensure that you get a good home for you and your family to grow and spend time in. Before buying or placing an offer on a home, you will want to have the furnace inspected and confirm the property lines.

Contact a realty team that specializes in homes for sale in your area for more information and assistance.