FINDING THE RIGHT HOME
You may be ready to buy your first home, but you’re not really sure what you want. Or maybe you have a general idea, but still fuzzy on the details. This list will outline some points to consider when looking for a house.
Location is paramount in buying a home.
You can live with almost any imperfection in a home if you love the neighborhood and your neighbors. You can change almost everything else except the house’s location. When you go house hunting, consider any potential home's proximity to your work, the surrounding neighborhood, how the home is situated on the lot, ease of access, noise from neighbors, traffic, or pets, and access to parks, shopping, schools, and public transportation.
Think hard about the size.
A big four bedroom house may seem great, but if you live alone then all you’re doing is throwing away money on heating and cooling. And a smaller home may be perfect for a couple but can be torture on a family of five. When buying a home, try to see as far ahead as you can to make sure what you’re paying for will suit your needs.
This is a generation that runs on electricity.
When seeing a house, keep your eyes open for number and location of electrical outlets in each room, and think about having an inspector come in to make sure the wiring is up to date.
Energy prices are high, so to save yourself money check on the insulation in the home.
Heating and cooling costs can skyrocket in a poorly insulated house, and it can cost thousands of dollars to fix yourself. You want at least a foot of insulation in the ceiling. Having insulation in the walls can also help keep costs to a minimum.
Look up, inside and out.
Check the roof on your way in for telltale cracks or curling shingles.This will tell you if any work needs to be done. Once inside check the ceiling for cracks or water spots that will tell you if there’s been any structural damage.
Consider the kitchen.
The kitchen is the most expensive room in the house to deal with, so it pays to check appliances, countertops, cabinets, and everything else in a kitchen before you commit to a home. If you spy too many problems, it may behoove you to move on and try another property.
Make a desicsion on all aspects.
Above all, try to avoid “falling in love” with a particular feature to such a degree that you ignore or overlook issues that may haunt you later.