CASPER, Wyo. This home is one of the dozens across Casper for sale.
Buying a home, whether new or previously owned, is a big purchase for all of us.
Housing counselors say there are many factors to take into consideration before deciding whether or not to purchase a home including location and size.
The one factor that's most important is money.
"People want to make sure that they're not putting themselves in a position where they can't afford that they're buying and also be able to take care of it and meet their other financial needs." Said Greta Maxfield of Wyoming Housing Network.
Counselors say problems occur when buyers don't take time to prepare and do research.
There are additional costs, including maintenance, not included in a home's value.
Skipping proper steps can lead buyers to regret their purchase.
"There's always maintenance that needs to be done to a home that you can't see when you're just looking at a home. If you're looking at a home in the winter time, you're not going to be thinking about the fact that you're going to have to have your trees trimmed. Or cleaning out gutters may not be something you can do on your own." Said Charlie Jackson of the Wyoming Housing Network.
Counselors urge us to take our time before buying, with the average Wyoming home cost just over 226-thousand dollars.
Preparing now can save you regret later.
Counselors also say to take lending costs into consideration before buying.