6 Important Things That Most Home Buyers Regret Overlooking

It was the perfect home—until it wasn’t.

Sadly a great number of buyers swoon over a home in Arlington, only to realize shortly after moving in that they overlooked something major, causing them serious buyers remorse.

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We know that buying a home is not an easy task, there’s just so much to check out with so little time. But, unless you want to be one of these disillusioned buyers, make sure that you check out these six important features in your new home and neighborhood. Though they might not necessarily be deal-breakers to you, you’d still want to be aware of them so they don’t surprise you.

  1. The neighborhood at night– Seeing your new home in Arlington at different times during the day and night gives you a clear perspective of what to expect in the neighborhood. You might learn that the neighborhood may not be safe at night or that the neighbor’s dog barks nonstop.
  2. Daily commute– You’ll never know how the traffic is in your new routes unless you do a road test. So as to be sure, get into your car and drive your morning and evening routes and any alternates.
  3. The bedroom-to-bathroom ration– As a general rule, most homes in Arlington should have a master suite and at least one additional full bathroom.
  4. The CC&Rs – If your new home in Arlington is located in a community with a homeowners association, you will get a copy of its bylaws, which are the conditions, covenants, and restrictions. These bylaws regulates what you can do with your property. Take your time to carefully review them to avoid future conflicts.
  5. The resale value– When buying a home, think about the future. What will your home sell for in a couple of years? Many things including improvements to the property, age, and condition of the home can affect its resale value.
  6. Room to grow– In order to make a profit off your home, logic dictates that you have to live in it for several years. So, you should consider if the home provides the things you might need in the future such as an office space in case you or your spouse decide to work from home or an extra bedroom if you are starting a family. While you shouldn’t buy more house than you can afford, you certainly don’t want to outgrow your house too soon.

Properties in Arlington County

$1,149,900: 1263 Oakcrest Rd

1263 Oakcrest Rd

BedroomsTotal: 4 / Bathrooms: 3 full baths / Living Area: 1,988 sq. ft.

This home has completely replaced Select White Oak floors on 4 levels. NEW high energy efficient...

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$699,900: 4820 8th St S

4820 8th St S

BedroomsTotal: 3 / Bathrooms: 2 full baths / Living Area: 1,734 sq. ft.

Open HOUSE Weekend: Sat & Sun, 10/26 & 27, 1-4 PM. This updated Bungalow Cape Cod style home...

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$750,000: 3137 S Glebe Rd

3137 S Glebe Rd

BedroomsTotal: 3 / Bathrooms: 2 full baths / Living Area: 2,403 sq. ft.

$705,000: 3835 9th St N #102w

3835 9th St N #102w

BedroomsTotal: 2 / Bathrooms: 2 full baths / Living Area: 1,289 sq. ft.

Enjoy living in a vibrant, urban environment at Lexington Square, one of the most desirable...

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$875,000: 2357 S Arlington Ridge Rd

2357 S Arlington Ridge Rd

BedroomsTotal: 4 / Bathrooms: 3 full baths / Living Area: 2,075 sq. ft.

Open House Thursday (10/24) 5:30-7:30PM, Saturday (10/26) 1:00-3:00PM and Sunday (10/27)...

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$1,599,000: 1706 N Randolph St

1706 N Randolph St

BedroomsTotal: 5 / Bathrooms: 4 full, 1 half baths / Living Area: 6,486 sq. ft.

Drastically reduced Cherrydale Home has everything you are looking for, banquet size...

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$1,299,000: 804 N Wakefield St

804 N Wakefield St

BedroomsTotal: 4 / Bathrooms: 4 full, 1 half baths / Living Area: 2,112 sq. ft.

Gorgeous urban-style two car garage townhome in North Arlington just blocks from restaurants,...

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$1,225,000: 2513 23rd Rd N

2513 23rd Rd N

BedroomsTotal: 4 / Bathrooms: 3 full, 1 half baths / Living Area: 2,585 sq. ft.

Take the tour: http://spws.homevisit.com/mls/266533/2513-23RD-RD-N-ARLINGTON-VA-22907 Price...

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$1,579,000: 1216 20th St S

1216 20th St S

BedroomsTotal: 4 / Bathrooms: 3 full, 1 half baths / Living Area: 4,500 sq. ft.

Perfectly perched on a 10,000 SF corner lot in desirable Arlington Ridge, 1216 20th St S. is a...

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$2,035,000: 4515 32nd Road N

4515 32nd Road N

BedroomsTotal: 5 / Bathrooms: 3 full, 1 half baths / Living Area: 3,137 sq. ft.

Quiet streets in established Country Club Hills with well kept homes is home to 4515 North 32nd...

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$811,000: 3800 Fairfax Dr #302

3800 Fairfax Dr #302

BedroomsTotal: 3 / Bathrooms: 2 full baths / Living Area: 1,710 sq. ft.

Amazing room sizes! All utilities included in fees. Spacious balcony with room for living &...

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$1,060,000: 4008 38th Pl N

4008 38th Pl N

BedroomsTotal: 3 / Bathrooms: 2 full, 2 half baths / Living Area: 3,501 sq. ft.

This contemporary home is situated on a quiet cul-de-sac in the well established Chain Bridge...

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$459,900: 2100 Lee Hwy #224

2100 Lee Hwy #224

BedroomsTotal: 2 / Bathrooms: 2 full baths / Living Area: 943 sq. ft.

Ideal convenience in North Arlington. Great location for city living at a great price! A...

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$280,000: 68 N Bedford St #68a

68 N Bedford St #68a

BedroomsTotal: 1 / Bathrooms: 1 full baths / Living Area: 612 sq. ft.

1 bedroom quiet lower level condo, Walking to Clarendon Metro,shopping, dining & entertainment....

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