House Hunting During A Divorce

So, you’ve made the decision to purchase a new home. Often times this is an inevitable decision amongst newly divorced individuals. However, buying and searching for a new house, during a divorce is very different than what you went through when you were married or getting married.  Instead of buying a house for a married couple with the chance of a growing family, buying a house during your divorce, probably means that you need less space and will have less funds.

It can be an overwhelming process if you don’t know what you’re looking for ahead of time. Here are a few recommendations to stay on track during the process from Mr. David Badanes Esq. of Badanes Law Office on Long Island.

  • Location: As the old saying goes, “location, location, location” – It is best to limit your choices to where you are going to live. A great way to narrow this down is to decide if you want a city, suburb, or rural landscape and then go from there. If you have children, you should also be mindful of the location of the place in regard to their school and distance of your ex-spouse.
  • Size: Often when you are looking for a new place during or after a divorce, you’re downsizing rather than looking for a larger place. This can help to narrow down your choices when you start looking and you may realize it might be more beneficial to look at apartments or condos instead of new houses.
  • Amenities: Another great way to check places off the list is by looking into the amenities available at each location and figure out which are must-haves for you and which you can live without. For example, some essential amenities include the right number of bedrooms and bathrooms. Other non-essential items that may just be nice to have include central A/C. It can be helpful to have a “wish list” to put some houses in higher standings compared to others.
  • Maintenance & Inspection: If you are looking to buy or rent a new home or apartment it is essential that you get a thorough inspection of the house done by a qualified and neutral inspection team. Take your time to vet the team doing the inspection and ask as many questions as possible. You never want to end up in a scenario where there is more work that needs to be done that you were not made aware of beforehand.
  • Agreements: When you think you’ve finally found the one, read the agreement a handful of times through and then read it one more time for good measure. This is a situation where reading the fine print is necessity to ensure you’re getting all that you paid for and aren’t in for any hidden surprises. This can also be something you have your lawyer review if you’re inclined to have a second pair of eyes.

David Badanes, Esq. and the Badanes Law Office, P.C. provides real-world advice to help you through this challenging time. If you are contemplating getting a divorce, and need an attorney to represent you, call David Badanes and the Badanes Law Office today at 631-239-1702, email at or visit our web The Badanes Law Office has offices in Northport, Suffolk County and Uniondale, Nassau County.

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