Things to Consider When Buying a Home

Things to Consider When Buying a Home

Apr 16, 2016

There are so many obvious factors to consider when buying a home. At first glance you will determine if the color, architectural style and neighborhood is to your liking. A more in-depth examination will follow. Structural issues will be uncovered through the initial inspection. In addition, there are many other components that will affect the quality of your everyday life.

What to look for when buying a house

Conduct some research to better understand what to look for when buying a house. Attend as many open houses as you can to view what options are available. Then, ask yourself important questions about what type of set-up will allow you to live happily in your new home.

Here is a helpful home buying checklist:
How easily can you move from inside to outdoors and back?

If you spend a lot of time outside, entertaining or lounging by a pool, easy access to a main area of house through a sliding door may be ideal.

How large are the rooms? What is the floor layout?

Consider the size of your furniture, how much space is needed between rooms, how you want the rooms’ set-up and the number of people.

How steep is the lot?

A lot should be user-friendly, easy to maneuver. If the area is too steep it might be difficult to walk around or to add-on a deck.

What are the window sizes and locations? What is the house orientation?

Does a lot of light get in? Consider where the windows are placed and how the sun moves throughout the day. Is the house facing north or south? Do you have a lot of plants or just prefer more brightness in the living area or kitchen?

How long and wide is the driveway? Is there ample street parking?

Think about how many cars you need to store and how often you host guests. Also, consider the need for more space if you live somewhere that snows.

What is the length and depth of the staircase?

Think about how often you and others in the home will need to use the stairs. If there are a lot of steps and the staircase is steep this may become a concern over time.

Are there enough bathrooms?

Make sure there are enough bathrooms to meet the needs of all in the home. At least one on each floor is ideal.

What are the kitchen features?

Is the stove gas or electric? Consider layout, number of sinks, and amount of storage and counter space and overall size.

There are many more things to consider when buying a home, but this is a great way to begin the process. Some other topics that may be of importance to you are ceiling height, where the laundry area is situated, and how close are the houses on the street. The list just goes on.