When looking to buy your first home, you’ll have a lot on your mind; between pricing, location, and the actual house itself, you may find yourself overwhelmed with details. As you look at potential homes, then, be sure to consider these five key items in order to ensure you’ll soon have the residence and the lifestyle of your dreams:
Viewing homes for sale can become a battle of first impressions; don’t let it be. As you imagine yourself in each room, remember that paint, scuffs, and dirt can easily be fixed. What can’t be fixed so simply is the house’s structure: is the wiring all in place? Foundation solid? Appliances up-to-date? Take note.
Remember that you’ll be living in this space, and imagine your day-to-day activities. Will you find it comfortable in these potential homes to travel from the kitchen to the living room, from to the bedroom to the bathroom? Will it feel natural to move throughout the house, or are the spaces more difficult to navigate than you’d prefer?
Consider the home’s potential in all seasons, no matter when you buy: will it be drafty and cold in the winter? Will it trap heat in the summer? A property’s age can play into this, but it’s also important to note the effectiveness of the heating and cooling systems, as these can be expensive to replace, and having the right home temperature can make all the difference in your comfort.
- Natural light
You’ll be spending the bulk of your time in your home, so windows–direction they’re facing, placement, and size–are real factors to consider. You’ll want to have the optimal amount of natural light for you in your home, which is something that is easy to pass by in the inspection phase of home-buying. Consider what time of day you’ll have the most light, and how it will affect you in your potential new home.
- The kitchen
The kitchen’s appliances, features, and layout are all important to consider, especially if you’ll be eating in frequently. Many kitchen updates can become costly, and you’ll likely want to have as smooth a move-in as possible; a kitchen with the amenities you desire is the perfect start. (In addition, if you ever plan to sell in the future, a good kitchen is the number-one selling point for home buyers!)
With these five quick points considered, you’ll find yourself much closer to knowing if the property you’re viewing could become the home for you.