Are you ready to go house hunting? It is finally time to visit open homes because your finances are in order and you have pre-qualified for a loan. But with so many options in the real estate market, where should you start?
The first thing you need to do is to create a list of your preferences, needs, and requirements in a home. It is also helpful to list down the things you do not want in a property. Prioritize this list so that only the important items are written down. Bring this checklist with you whenever you visit homes. This will help you sift through the options and help you find the house you want.
Do Your Research
It is crucial to first do your research before you visit different properties. You must look into the neighborhood and community to determine whether the place is appropriate for you and your family. Check the surrounding area and gather as much information as you can with regards to:
- Mode of commuting to work and school
- Crime rate
- Public transportation access
- Public market and grocery stores
- Hospitals, fire department, and police station
In addition, you also have to compare the home values. Learn how much the homes within the same community are selling for? You must also ask about the average monthly bills, insurance and property tax, and other additional fees that come with living in the community.
Check The Interiors Of The House
Walls: Check for stains and molding. Do the walls need to be repainted? Do they easily carry sounds from beyond the room?
Rooms: How many rooms are in the house? Are the floors even? Are they located in a private area?
Stairs: Check for any creaking noise or signs of damage.
Flooring and Windows: You must check the condition of the flooring and windows. You might find signs of extreme damage that needs to be renovated.
Bathroom and Kitchen: Look for storage areas, such as cabinet spaces and cupboards. Check for any signs of mildew, mold, or leak.
Systems: Make sure that the house has water, electrical, heating, plumbing, and insulation systems. In addition, the systems must be up-to-date. It is advisable to have a home inspector double check the house before closing a deal.
Check The House Exteriors
Roof: Check the roof and make sure that it doesn't snag. Additionally, the roof must have no discoloration or holes that might let water inside the house.
Siding: You must inspect whether the pain is peeling or if there are any cracks and splits.
Foundation: Check for any signs of damage in house foundation by looking for any visible cracks.
When looking into homes, you must consider these tips and make your own checklist. Although this may not hasten your home purchase process, it will still help you evaluate homes and choose the right property.