Pre-offer considerations for home buyers

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Home buyers often go through an approach-avoidance dance when preparing to make an offer to buy a home. Buying a home is not only a huge investment for most people, it's also a big commitment. If you've been renting, you will no longer have the luxury of calling your landlord when the plumbing breaks down or the roof leaks to get the problems fixed. If you're a repeat home buyer, you're probably already used to the home maintenance drill. But if you're trading up to a larger home, you may be taking on a much bigger responsibility. That can be intimidating. The first order of business is to sort out your feelings about making the move. Are you ready for the increased responsibilities? If you're not, perhaps you should stay put for now. On the other hand, if you continually find yourself straddling the home buying fence, maybe you need to give yourself a nudge. A fact-finding foray could help you make a prudent decision. HOUSE HUNTING TIP: For some people, it's useful to make a wish...