What To Look For When Hunting For A New House
Not everyone wants to stay in one house all their adult lives, and there are many reasons why people choose to sell up and move on. They might need a larger property, or they might be downsizing to a smaller one. Perhaps they need or want to save money, or they want to live in a different location. It might be for work reasons or family ones. The important thing to remember is that if you are planning on buying a new property (whether you are selling your old one or not), there are some things to look for when you start hunting and viewing. Below are some important factors that you shouldn’t forget to look for if you want to find your ideal new home.
Realtors will often say that location is the most important aspect of which new home you are going to buy, and in many ways this is correct. You wouldn’t want to buy a house that was too far away from work making the commute difficult, for example. You wouldn’t want to buy one that was in a poor school district, or in a street or part of town with a bad reputation. Therefore, working out where you are going to buy is the very first thing you need to do.
For some, this is easy; they already know exactly where they want to be looking. For others, it can be more difficult as they have a wide search area. Try to narrow things down if this is the case for you as it will make your decision easier. However, too narrow a search area might mean that nothing comes up in your price range (or at all) and you will need to be more patient.
Although it is the inside of a property that you will probably be focusing on (and perhaps this makes sense as it is the inside of the property that you will see more than any other part), don’t forget to check the outside as well. A house that looks more attractive and has ‘curb appeal’ may mean that the current owners have taken more care about it than one that doesn’t look so good; if the outside looks well cared for, then the inside probably is as well.
After taking a good look at the outside, you may no longer wish to see the inside. The house just might not look or feel right to you (and feelings can play a big part in house buying). However, if you do still want to look at the interior, make sure you have a very thorough look around. Go round with the realtor or the owner and get a first impression of the entire property, and then go round again, this time paying more attention to the rooms that you enter. Are they in good condition? Is there any damage? What about mold, or potential electrical issues?
You might be looking to save some money by buying a ‘fixer-upper,’ in which case these problems might not be something that concerns you. After all, you can always hire ServiceMaster Restore to assess any house water damage, or a good electrician to fix the wiring, especially if you have money after the purchase. However, if this was not your plan and you want to simply move in and live in the property, a proper investigation will need to be carried out, and your heart should not rule your head.
It is easy to fall in love with a house when you first see it, but that doesn’t mean that it is the right one for you. This is why a second or perhaps even a third viewing is always a good idea. You can’t truly make a decision about such an expensive and long-term investment as a home if you have only seen it once for 10 or 20 minutes. When you return, make sure that it is going to be comfortable enough for you. Take a measuring tape and check that your current furniture is going to fit where you want it to go. If it doesn’t, you don’t want to find this out on moving day!
Other questions about comfort include ascertaining whether the number of bathrooms is going to be enough for your needs, and how well the kitchen is set out (and also what is included in the kitchen). Where can the TV go, and will that be a good place for it in relation to where your couch will need to be positioned? Although these things may seem trivial, when it is to do with your comfort, it is essential to get right.