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Homebuyer Checklist: What To Look For In A House

Are you in the process of buying a home? If so, it can be hard not to get overwhelmed by all the possibilities and choices. You can lose sight of things that are important to you in lieu of shiny countertops or pretty landscaping. Here is a checklist that will help keep you on track.

Is the bedroom count and general floor plan workable?

Staging is designed to make a home feel elegant and warm – but don’t loose site of the bones. Look beyond the furniture and make sure the house has what you need.

Is there a place for your dogs or pets?

Is there a place for the dog bowls to go? It may seem trivial but it wont when you’re constantly tripping over them day by day. Pets are a big part of a pet-owner’s life and you’ll want your house to accommodate them as well.

Is there a place for your kitchen garbage can?

This is another small thing that can end up driving you crazy. It’s not going to be a deal breaker but it is worth paying attention to if you’re deciding between a couple of homes. It’s the little things!

What direction does the house face?

Facing west is great because you get to watch the sunset everyday. But it’s not as great from May to September when you’re electric bill skyrockets because your AC will be on 24/7. Choose what’s important to you.

Where are the structural walls?

If you’re even considering a renovation, bring an engineer to make sure any walls you might want to remove won’t bring the house down.

Is there enough pantry space?

A bad kitchen layout is a deal breaker for many people.

What shape is the floor in?

Replacing floors can be a major undertaking, not to mention a strain on your bank account. Even if the inspection checks them off as in decent condition, they may not be your style. It’s up to you to decide if you can live with them.

Where’s the nearest Starbucks?

Even if you’re not a coffee drinker, the Starbucks Effect means higher home appreciation if you live near one.

Is there an HOA?

This is important to be aware of, especially if you have a bolder taste in outdoor décor.

How are the schools?

Even if you never plan on having kids, being in a good school district is important to home values. Pay attention to the possibility of being rezoned – this happens often in growing areas.

What are the acoustics like?

If there’s a loud echo coming from the upstairs playroom, consider what it will sound like with two young children playing in it.

Is the wiring what you need?

If you need your home to accommodate all the latest tech, rewiring will probably need to be done.

How’s the yard space?

Too large? Too small? This can impact day-to-day living so make sure you decide what kind of space you want?

What’s the neighborhood like?

Spending a little time in your neighborhoods can tell you a lot about who your neighbors could be and if you’ll like it there.

Are there sex offenders nearby?

Unfortunately, doing this check is a realty of this day and age. Family Watchdog allows you to enter an address and see if there are any sex offenders in the area.

Did you schedule an inspection?

If you forgo an inspection, you’ll be on the hook for any issues down the line

Ready to get started? Contact us today to find your new home.