In the search for a house, it’s often hard to make such a big decision quickly. Unfortunately, in such a fast-paced market, it’s sometimes necessary. Here are a few tips on what to look for when you’re shopping for a new home that could make your decision a little easier.
Identify Your Deal-Breakers
Before you even start the search for a home, narrow down exactly what you want in a home. What are your must-haves that are non-negotiable? It’s equally important to identify exactly what you DON’T want so you don’t waste your time looking at homes that are deal-breakers.
Make Sure The Kitchen Is Fully Equipped
This seems like such a simple thing but it’s so important to make sure your future home’s kitchen is well-equipped. Nobody thinks about how much they need a dishwasher until they move into a home without one. A kitchen without the proper equipment and space can make the daily task of eating and cooking a chore.
TIP: Don’t judge a house by its paint job. Paint can easily be changed.
Check Out The Roof
Your home’s roof is what you live under and what protects you from the elements. Making sure the roof is in good condition is key. And if it’s not, then chances are it’s possible to work roof repair into the contract, so that it’s in tip top shape for when you move in.
Ensure That The Furnace Is Well-Maintained
An old furnace can also be incredibly expensive to repair. Not only that, it can eat away at your utility bills. However, if the furnace is older, but it’s been well-maintained with regular servicing, then it’s probably in good condition.
Don’t Ignore The Plumbing
When you’re looking for your future home, it’s important to not be shy. Get in there and check everything out, even under the sinks. Are there leaks? Is there any mold? Any dampness? Corrosion? All of these things are important to take note of, because not only can plumbing be expensive to fix, but mold and mildew are also huge health hazards.
TIP: Make sure you have an inspector look over the home, to give you a full and professional report on the home’s current state and value.
And last but not least, make sure you have a realtor that is willing to go the extra mile to make sure that your new home is exactly what you are looking for, and more. Don’t just settle for the first thing that comes your way. Make sure your new home meets your specifications, because it could potentially be your home for years to come.