Buying a house is an exciting time, and we know that sometimes it can be easy to focus on details like flooring or kitchen updates that grab your attention.However, there are a few important things to keep in mind while you are looking that go beyond flashy features.
It is important to choose a home that is close to the things you love. You may already know which country club or school district you want to live within, however, you must be careful about selecting the right location beyond a few specifics. For example, if you have children or pets, you may want to avoid living too close to a main highway. Be sure to check for traffic during different times as a quiet street at noon may be a bustling at 4:00 p.m.
2. Curb Appeal
They say that you can’t judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to homes, a little judging is in order. If the exterior is in poor shape or attention has not been paid to the yard and gardens, it may be a sign that the overall upkeep is also poor. On the other hand, it can be easy to fall in love with a beautiful exterior and have that cloud your perception of the rest of the home. Inspect the outside carefully, and try to keep an open mind as you check the rest of the property.
3. Size and Floor Plan
You may have your heart set on a certain number of bedrooms or have a certain square footage in mind as you are searching. The floor plan, however, can have a big impact on the size of the house–sometimes more than the actual square footage or number of rooms. For example, a small house with an open floor plan can feel more comfortable than a larger one with many cramped rooms. On the other hand, we have seen a few large homes with very few defined spaces that could feel too open for a large family; you might end up feeling like you have no privacy.
4. Natural Light
Lots of natural light usually means that you’ll spend less on energy costs with fewer lamps and lighting fixtures throughout the home. It also goes a long way toward making any space feel comfortable and cheery. On the other hand, large windows can let lots of hot sunlight during the summer and create glares on computer screens and television sets. These can usually be fixed with the right window treatments, of course, but it is a good idea to keep it in mind while you are looking.
No matter how beautiful a house may look, you also want to make sure it is well maintained. Be sure to open closets, check cabinets, try out faucets and toilets, and inspect the appliances of any property you are seriously considering. You also want to have a qualified inspector comb through a home before you buy it. Their impartial, highly-trained eyes will always find the things that sellers may be hiding or that buyers do not want to see.
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Don’t worry, you will not be walking through these properties alone. We will be by your side with our own lists of things to check to make sure that you not only like the home you choose, but also that it is a sound investment for your future.