Stephenville has a number of large properties, ranches and farm houses for sale. Plenty of acreage for kids to play on and ground for horses to run across. Not to mention that you get more bang for your buck the further you move away from the cities. But there are still issues and checklists you should address and complete before buying a rural home. Here are ten pieces of advice before buying that country home.
Is the water supply public or private? If it’s well water, you should have it tested to check for chemicals or other harmful components.
Does the house have adequate septic? When a house is constructed in a rural area, a leach field is built to collect sewage and water waste. Make sure the leach field is the proper size to avoid costly construction bills down the road.
Is the house on a private road? If so, you could be facing thousands of dollars in extra expenses each year, as you’ll be forced to split the bill with your fellow residents for plowing, maintenance and paving.
Has the area ever experienced a major power outage? If so, how long was the power out?
How is the air quality? Ask about radon levels and smog levels from any nearby manufacturing plants.
What is the average snowfall? How does the town handle major snowstorms?
Where are the boundary lines? Make sure the property divisions are clear and established.
Who handles trash pickup? Is there a nearby dumping ground?
Are there any deed and zoning restrictions?
How difficult is it to maintain the property?
Of course, the easiest way to check off these areas of concern is to partner with an area real estate expert. We know the Stephenville and Erath County property markets inside and out. These questions are just a sample of some of the key aspects you should inquire about. If you are thinking about purchasing a home in Stephenville, give us a call so that we can help you cross the t’s and dot the i’s to make sure there are no unwelcome surprises after taking ownership of your new home.
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“Eric & Jamie Hayden were great to work with. They are very responsive and know the area well. They have a great team around them that made the process of selling very easy. We were out of state during the sale and they went above and beyond to assist in coordinating with us. Definitely recommend!”
“Terry Childers was extremely helpful, reliable, friendly, and knowledgeable. We had some bad luck while house hunting but Terry was persistent and never let up. He went above and beyond to make sure we were satisfied. If we ever sell or buy again Terry is our only choice.”
“Jamie Stockstill held my hand through the entire process. Being a first time home buyer I had a million questions but she was always there, no matter what time of day, to answer my calls or texts. I always felt like she was working for my best interest. I will recommend her to anyone I come across looking to buy or sell.”
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