Prospective home buyers need to ask the following questions to ensure home happiness

As a luxury realtor in Los Angeles, I know that buying a new house is an exciting time in your life, whether it is your first house or fifth. Without doubt, it is probably going to be the biggest personal investment you'll make for yourself and your family. In turn, there are many important factors to consider. Before making a purchase, take these four questions into account. Having the answers will allow you to enjoy your new home now and in the years ahead.

1. What exterior color palette speaks to you? Your home is a reflection of your personality and can be an extension of your lifestyle. When buying or designing a new house, contemplate its curb appeal. First impressions matter, so it's important to consider architectural style, exterior color and details like trim and landscaping. Coordinate the trim, soffits and doors with the primary siding color for a polished look. To help, look to popular and complementary color combinations in the Los Angeles area. This is where a partner like me can help you make a wise decision.

2. Is your home protected from environmental elements? Even in L.A. with its beautiful weather, there are environmental concerns you need to take into consideration. Wind, wildfires, blazing summer temps and more make the selection of siding and trim products that help protect your home important. As everywhere else in the country, insects and pests must be taken into consideration as well. Study your options carefully. Vinyl siding can melt and wood is susceptible to rot. Make sure your potential house
already has this critical protection or be prepared to install it yourself.

3. Is your new home built using sustainable products? Green building is popular these days, in part because an energy-efficient home can save a homeowner money on heating and cooling bills. By choosing a home clad in 100 percent sustainable and efficient material, you're consuming less energy and reducing your environmental footprint. And in Los Angeles, these savings can be considerable. 

Remember when you were a kid and your dad would yell at you for leaving the front door open and he’d complain about air conditioning the neighborhood? I can help you to not have to be that person.

4. What maintenance will your new home require? Selecting or buying a home made with low-maintenance building materials can lower the chances of large ticket home repairs, or prevent them altogether. Wood siding and trim requires frequent repainting or replacement, and vinyl may warp, melt or fade. Considering durable and longer-lasting fiber cement siding can minimize the need for repairs. Additionally, purchasing a product with a strong warranty is a great way to maximize and protect your investment.