Buying a new house is your chance to pick what you really want in a home. While floor plans and square footage are important, take a look at the whole package. That includes the immediate neighborhood, as well as the surrounding community. Be sure to make sure the house has enough storage room. And finally, keep your eyes open for problems so you won’t get an unexpected surprise after signing.
1. The Neighborhood And Community
Where you choose to live is just as important as picking out the actual house. Your location will determine many things, like the home’s value and where your kids go to school.
While you may have a general idea of where you want to live based on work commute or closeness to relatives, take a look at specific neighborhoods. Check out school districts, crime rates, and property tax levels. Your realtor will be able to help you with much of this information.
2. A House That Fits You And Your Stuff
When looking at homes, many places will look spacious because few things are actually in the room. This is done on purpose to create an illusion of space.
Take that into account when looking at properties. Watch out for full sized beds in master suite, especially when you have a queen size mattress. Another trick to watch for are rooms without coffee tables, bookshelves, or entertainment units.
If you are serious about a house, take a tape measure and determine how your major furnishings will fit. Also, make sure you have enough storage space in the kitchen, laundry area, and bedroom closets.
3. Look For Problems Before It’s Too Late
Even when you fall in love with the perfect house, look for its imperfections. That means inspecting the roof from inside the attic, crawling underneath the house to check drainage, and poking the walls around showers and toilets. Better yet, hire an independent home inspector before you sign any contract to get a professional opinion.
Even if you do find problems with a house, you still have options. You can request the seller to either fix them as part of the contract or to knock off a couple of thousands so you can fix it yourself. Your real estate agent will help you determine the best approach.
Buying a house is one of the largest purchases you will ever make. Take your time to search for just the right home.