8 Things To Look For When Buying A Home

1. Location Location Location

Location is the most important thing that any home buyer should think of when buying a home. If you like the neighborhood and love your neighbors then you can try to live with nearly any imperfection in a home. Everything else you are free to change at any given time. But, once you make that purchase, you certainly cannot change the location of your home. When hunting for a house the appeal of the neighborhood, any noise from neighbors, traffic, or even pets, and of course, access to parks, shopping centre, schools, and public transportation.

2. Site Factors

The particular site of your potential home matters. If the home is situated on a hill, consider if it has a nice view, lots of stairs to climb or just a walkout basement. Is the property overlooked, does it have a good aspect, is the garden suitable for children, pets and is the garden easily maintained, Check if the access to the home is safe.

3. Exterior features

These are also important, consider that a brick house is easier to maintain, unless you perhaps live in an area that’s prone to earthquakes. Check if the roof is in good condition, Is the garden well maintained and are the pavements that lead to the house safe?

4. Size of the home and Floor Plan

It is important to decide how many bedrooms and bathrooms you really need. A bigger house can give you the extra space you can use for a home office or projects. But put into consideration that this also comes with higher heating bills, more furniture to furnish it because you wouldn’t want to live in an empty home and bigger homes also attract higher taxes. Think carefully about the size of the home you want, if all the space will be used and decide whether this will fit your lifestyle now and into the future.

5. The Kitchen

For some people, the kitchen is the heart of your house, if this is so for you, then you should not settle for a home with a less attractive kitchen. Yes you could always change this and turn it into the kind of kitchen you desire, but remodeling can be very expensive. Consider if you just change cupboard faces and countertops in the kitchen? Will a low-cost remodeling be adequate for the kitchen you want? At this stage, do not worry about appliances; they can be easily replaced in time.

6. Storage and closets

Consider whether the property has adequate storage space and closets. If you have a lot of equipment and maybe a lot of clothes, then more storage space and big closets will come in handy. If you consider going for the home with less storage space it’s okay too because you can always add the storage space that you really need, but this might mean having to sacrifice living space in your spacious rooms.

7. Heating and cooling systems.

If you plan to live in areas that have two weather extremes, thus; they get very hot in summer and/or very cold in winter, then getting a home with good heating and cooling systems will make life in your new home much more enjoyable. Though you can install this separately, a home that already has the conditioning system will save you money and hassles.

8. Finishing Touches

At times a simple and modest home looks astonishing because of decorations, hardware and a fireplace. If these features are essential to you, then why not look for them while you are house hunting or maybe consider adding them after moving into your new home.

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About the Author: Christie Morgan

I am a former Licensed Real Estate Agent that absolutely loves helping people find the home of their dreams. I also enjoy interior design, reading, writing, traveling, and spending time with my two cats.