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Essential Elements to Consider Before Buying a House

People have different priorities when buying a house, but there are a few essential elements to keep in mind. This guide will help you understand the important features to consider before closing the deal. 

1. Location: 

Location is the war cry of those playing in the real estate game. You probably want to live near to the places you frequently visit (work, school, worship places, supermarkets, gyms, etc.) You should also consider main roads and traffic flow. Also, a million dollar home in a poor neighborhood isn't worth its weight in pennies, but a $400k home in a rich area might be worth a million. Understand your needs then reach out to an agent that specializes in them. 

2. Size of the lot:

The lot sizes are typically similar within neighborhoods. Once you go to enough showings, you will soon notice your preferences, whether it's large or small, corner or interior. The shapes of the lots vary as well. There are pie-shaped, rectangular, and irregular in shapes. Depending on the privacy level, how you use the lawn, and the length of the driveway, this might become an important matter to you. 

3. The number of bedrooms:

If you plan to live with your family, you should think about how many bedrooms your family needs. Most buyers want a minimum of two bedrooms, but an extra bedroom is always better, for guests or future family members. You can also use the bedroom as a home office, a kid's playroom or a gym. 

4. Bathrooms:

You should decide ahead of time how many bathrooms you prefer. Some older homes only have one bedroom, so buyers often look for ways to add another one. If there is only one bathroom, make sure you can live with that arrangement in the future. Newer homes often have two or more bathrooms. 

The size and style are crucial. You have to decide between a bathtub or a shower. If you need a handicap accessible bathroom, you can communicate with your agent. If you can't decide at the moment, make sure to ask your agent fo find your bathrooms that could be remodeled. 

5. Kitchen layout:

The kitchen is the heart of your home because it's the center of activity and entertainment. Therefore, the size and layout are important. Be clear on whether you need a large gourmet kitchen with lots of counter space, sinks, and storage or if a typical kitchen will suffice.

6. Age of the house:

If you are looking at all houses that meet your preferences and requirements, you may see homes from different times. Older homes need more upgrades and repairs. Make sure you have the time and budget to enjoy managing the projects. 

Because building codes change over time, it's necessary to understand the structure of the homes that were built under a different set of rules. You can also ask your agent about that information. 

7: Purchase price:

Knowing your budget before looking for houses will help you get pre-approved for a loan. Because buying a home is a big investment, you should understand the long-term impact on your finances. You should also think about other costs, such as remodeling and upgrading. If you are not familiar with the methods of financing your home, click here.

All in all, you should trust your intuition. If you think the house is the best fit for you, it is. If you need any help in the future, click here to contact the best agents at Castles Unlimited.