The process of looking at homes that you are thinking of buying can be exciting, but it's important not to get caught up in the excitement and overlook important elements and features. Here are four specific things you won't want to overlook when looking at a house for sale.
1. Layout Issues
You can change paint colors or trim colors, and you can replace appliances that don't appeal to you. But, you can't change a home's layout easily without tearing down walls, etc.
Pay close attention to the home's layout when taking a tour. If there are any significant issues like a bathroom located off the kitchen, a bedroom that's hard to access, or a front door that opens into a hallway that is too narrow, you may want to leave the house and move.
2. A Moist Basement
You might be tempted to assume that the moisture in the basement is just due to high outdoor humidity or because someone left a window open. But, unless you are absolutely certain of the cause of the moisture, you should be wary.
Often, basement moisture is due to a foundation leak, a leaky pipe, or some other major issue that will cost you thousands to diagnose and repair. Unless the home is being offered at an absolute steal, and you have the funds to put into improvements, walk away.
3. Noisy Neighbors
Many people get a bit noisy from time to time. If you visit a home and the neighbors are being loud, consider visiting again, perhaps at a different time of day, before you agree to buy the home. Having noisy neighbors can make everything from sleeping to playing with your kids more tough to manage. You could also ask other neighbors — if you see anyone walking around — how the noise level in the neighborhood tends to be.
4. Bad Location
Don't just pay attention to the home itself. Consider where it is located. A home can be absolutely perfect for your needs, but if it is an hour from your work and 30 minutes from the nearest grocery store, it may not be the best home for you.
Also, pay attention to the neighborhood. If you have a family but everyone else around is retired, the location may not be quite right.
Don't overlook these factors when looking at a home. The idea is to find a home that really feels right and does not cause you any headaches going forward. For more information about houses for sale, contact a real estate agency.