Concord, CA Has Some Great Real Estate
While there have been more homes for sale in Concord, CA than other nearby towns (like Walnut Creek), there has been an increased buyer demand. A lot of young families working in the tech scene in San Francisco are looking to the suburbs to find a home. With places like Lafayette, CA and Walnut Creek, CA pricing a lot of buyers out, Concord has been a wonderful option for many home buyers. In fact, Concord alone hits almost every major price range.
We wanted to make a post on different things to look for when looking at Concord homes. With over 20 combined years of experience in the area, we want to freely share with you what we go through with every client.
Concord, CA covers a lot of ground. It is a large city with a population over 100,000. However it is spread fairly well. Each area is well defined, and you are always near necessities like grocery stores, commute routes and parks. If you go back in time, much of Concord were fruit orchards, before eventually having neighborhoods built up in the 60s and after.
All of what we detail in this article are good things to look at when looking at any home, we just wanted to talk about Concord, CA homes specifically this time around.
Actual Elements of Houses in Concord
When looking for a home, it can be extremely easy to fall in love with a home before learning more about it. The history of fixes/remodels, what problems have existed before (as no home is perfect), and more.
An important element to know about is the soil in Concord, CA. This is a huge factor in buying a home because the soil, and any movement throughout time could affect the foundation of your home. While this is true for both slab and raised foundations, it is a large concern for slab foundation homes (common in Concord, CA).
If moisture is able to get into the soil underneath the house, and subsequently dry out…then accumulate moisture again, all of that can cause the soil to expand and contract. This can adversely affect the floors and overall foundation of your home. And unlike raised foundations where you can get under the home and make necessary fixes, slab foundations leave you with what you’ve got.
With one particular story, we helped a buyer acquire a home in Concord. One home we saw, the floor was tilting to such an extreme degree that it was visually noticeable immediately. We, and the buyers, didn’t even have to look closely with a discerning eye or do the marble test.
Upon first glance we thought it was the corner of the room “sinking.” But upon further inspection, there was a mound swelling in the middle of the room with the downslopes occurring all around.
Per foundation experts we consulted, this was a situation that would require extravagant amounts of money to fix. There was also no guarantee that it wouldn’t happen again later on down the road.
In terms of foundation, always be keen to look for any slopes in the flooring of the home. Another sign is if there are cracks in the walls and doorways. Under the stress of the foundation adjusting, the walls and doorways can crack.
Outside of the home, it is important to take a close look at the drainage situation. Whenever it does (rarely) rain in California, you want all that water running off away from the home itself. The last thing you need as a homeowner is a faulty drainage system that lets water into the soil beneath the home. (We do sometimes see drainage system fixes/updates come up as a part of a contract when buying a home).
Do you need single story? Prefer two story? Think hard about what you can and can’t live with. There is a neighborhood in Concord where many of the two story homes were built with a bedroom and full bath on the main floor. This has helped a lot of families get a home, not pay as much for single story, and still have an easy hosting situation if their parents come to town.
Things To Consider Away From The Home
That might sound a little off, but trust me it makes sense. When looking for a home, you really have to take all factors into consideration. And in this current market, you need to be prepared for various trade offs if you are truly hoping to become a homeowner (first time, or again).
One thing to make sure you research is the crime rates for the given area. Be as thorough as you can. While Concord is not an area to really have a lot of concerns about, this is something to do no matter where you are buying a home. You need to know your area inside and out, as you will have to decide if you will be fitting home security into your budget.
And of course, the ever-so-important aspect of researching the school districts. Keep in mind, a realtor may tell you what district they “believe,” the home is in. But you need to do this research yourself. Call the district, give them the address and let them tell you. And I have to emphasize that this is important even if you don’t have children. The quality of the schools will play a significant role in the future value of the home. Again, call the district. The boundaries for which schools you fall under can change over time.
Are You Trying To Find A Home In Concord, CA?
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