Visiting open houses and private walk-throughs are probably the most exciting part of looking for a new home. You get to see so many different options with virtually limitless possibilities. It’s easy to fall in love with a home after seeing it for the first time. Sometimes, however, the excitement might cause you to overlook or ignore things you wouldn’t otherwise let go.
That’s why it’s important to take a step back and really consider the home you’ve fallen for. Be sure to check the areas listed below to make sure you aren’t missing anything on your initial viewing.
Even though a house has an awesome kitchen, a huge living room, or even more impressive master bath doesn’t mean you should ignore its storage spaces. Storage space is a huge asset for most people, so if the home you’ve fallen for doesn’t have enough, it may look like a big cluttered mess once you move in and can’t find enough space to stow away your things.
There’s a fine line between plenty of sunlight and not enough in terms of which direction the house is facing. For example, you don’t want to buy a home that receives exorbitant amounts of sunlight in all the wrong places during the warm summer months. On the other hand, you also don’t want a home with walls that block most of the natural lighting on gloomy days.
Areas of a home that stay damp all the time can cause health issues. Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to spot dampness in a home. Be on the lookout for mold/mildew growth on the walls, musty smells, rust, or discolorations in the home. A freshly painted room may be an indication of a dampness coverup, so keep that in mind.
It can be challenging physically checking the condition of a home’s roof, but there are things you can do that don’t require you to climb a ladder to find out.
First, ask the agent or homeowner about the materials used on the roof and when it was last maintained. If you can, look in the attic at the roof structures for signs of leakage. If you see stains or rot, it’s likely the roof hasn’t been maintained and is missing shingles.
Many buyers choose a home based on what they see. What you hear, or don’t hear, should also be a consideration in the home you choose, especially if you’re a light sleeper or you work from home. If you turn off all the sound inside the home, can you hear the neighbors next door or the traffic on the street? If so, this might be a problem for you once you move in.
Visit the home during the day and at night to find out how soundproof it is and whether you can live with the amount of noise that infiltrates it.
Viewing several homes in your search for the perfect one is fun and exciting, for sure. However, the excitement can make you overlook some pretty important things. Be sure to check all the areas of a home listed above so you don’t miss anything.