Why You Should Talk To A Contractor Before You Buy Your Home, With Karen Platt – The First Time Home Buyer Podcast – Episode 3


Karen Platt is the founder of Evolve Renovations, a construction company specialized in interior renovations in New York City and the Hudson Valley.


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What is your biggest piece of advice you can give to someone trying to buy their first home now

  • Get an inspector that is also an engineer to do the electrical, plumbing, and structural inspection. It costs more or less the same as the inspector that is not an engineer and it will help you protect your investment.
  • Also always get an attorney.
  • These two professionals will help you save money on your investment.
  • You can also consult with a contractor before you buy a home that needs renovations to understand how much money will cost you to renovate that home.

What have you seen are the top mistakes homebuyers make? How can they avoid them?

  • The buy something at the end of their budget. Try to buy a home below your budget to be safe and to be able to do improvements to it without being stressed about the money.

What could help first time home buyers save time?

  • Do the structural fixes first, those are the most important ones.
  • Get your finances in order before you buy your home.
  • Research your area in advance.
  • When doing improvements in your home,
    • make sure you buy the materials as soon as possible and
    • if you can, leave the house

What could help first time home buyers save money?

  • Buy a home below what you can afford.
  • Buy the smallest property in the most expensive area, because that will guaranteed the appreciation

How can first time home buyers choose the best professionals to work with?

  • To find contractors, get referrals from friends and family. Visit your neighbors and ask them for referrals too. Then go and see the work that those contractors have done.

The Ask

Is there anything we can do for you?

  • Reach out to me if you need any home improvement work in New York or the Hudson Valley

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