You’re in the market for a new home, and you’ve seen the photos online. But, while a picture can say plenty, seeing the home in person speaks volumes. Visiting the house is the first opportunity to really check out the property. Here are 6 things to look out for during your next house tour.
- The Exterior
Walk around the house’s perimeter and look at what could be hiding out of sight. Is the exterior paint chipping? Has maintenance been neglected? Do the roof shingles need replacing? These are telltale signs of what you’ll find indoors.
- The Layout
If you are a family with young children, you’re probably going to want all the bedrooms to be on the same floor. But, if you have teenagers, you may want their rooms to be on another side of the house or another level. Pay attention to the house’s layout and if it will work for your lifestyle. Flow is important, but having space you can dedicate to specific parts of your and your family’s life, such as an office or teenager’s den, is just as important.
- The Flow
Online pictures don’t depict the flow of the house. Do the rooms feel well laid out and spacious enough? Head to the kitchen, which is the hub of the home, and determine if it feels inviting. Can the family dine or lounge nearby? Also, the way one room opens onto the next is important when it comes to maximizing the space.
- Closet Space
Is there enough closet space for your family’s needs? Will the storage in the house help keep you and your family organized and accommodate all your belongings? For many homeowners, this one is a deal breaker, so it is much better to check now before you fall head-over-heels for the rest of the home.
- Stains, Smells, and General Nastiness
Go with your nose! Head into the attic and the basement, and if you smell something nasty, it may well be ominous. Water stains on the ceilings and running along the baseboards in the basement are a red flag for the roof, drainage, or flooding issues. What’s more, dampness and water often result in mildew and mold problems?
- Air and Light
When you take a tour of the house, is there plenty of natural light? Has the property been designed in a way that, when the weather permits, there is good air flow throughout the home? Fresh air and sunlight are certainly pleasant, but flinging open the windows and letting a breeze in during the summer time can help to cut back on utility bills during those scorching months.
Make sure you take this list along with you on your next house tour, and you’ll be in a better position to decide whether or not it is the home for you.