6 Things to Think About Before Buying a Home

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Everyone looks at the basics when considering a house. Square footage, numbers of bedrooms, and the kitchen are usually at the top of everyone’s lists. However, there are some things that new homebuyers may not consider. Take a look below and see if there’s anything you didn’t think of! 

  1. Basement

One of the biggest issues with many basements is water damage. After all, a leaky basement can not only pose a hazard for your belongings stored there, it can also be a sign of moisture issues in the foundation and rest of the house! Be sure to check for signs of water damage on the floors and ceilings, and even on any exposed beams. Once a basement starts leaking, it’s extremely difficult to stop it from continuing to come in.

  1. Attic

Two things you’ll want to look for in the attic include insulation and – again – water damage. Signs of leaks in the attic could mean that you’ll have to replace the roof soon. You’ll also want to check the insulation for any signs of water damage. It’s also important to have at least a foot of insulation in the attic, particularly if you live in an area that gets very hot or cold. Having a properly insulated attic can save you a fortune on your electrical bill!

  1. Bathrooms

Though many people focus on the bedrooms and living room of a house, the bathrooms have a huge impact on your enjoyment of your home. Having a bathroom remodeled – or adding one – can easily cost over $10,000, so it’s important to be satisfied with them. Consider both the number and size of the bathrooms in the house. You’ll also want to check for any cracks or leaks in the plumbing around the toilet, sink, and bathtub. Leaks can be a sign of worse damage to the floor or even the possibility of mold.

  1. Heating and Cooling Systems

Depending on the area you live in, you’ll want to make sure that the house you’re considering has an adequate heating and cooling system. Older houses may not have central heating or air, and it can take a lot of money and difficulty to have one installed. Window AC units can be a cheaper option for installation, but these units can also cause water damage. If you’re looking at a house with window units, be sure to check for mold around them.

  1. Windows

This is also an item that many homebuyers overlook. However, windows play an important role in the home. You should look for a home that has plenty of windows and that they’re well-placed. Nothing can beat a beautiful morning view – or be worse than an awkwardly positioned bathroom window! You’ll also want to make sure that the house has an adequate amount of natural light. Also be sure to check for any windows that are difficult to open, have any cracked seals, or any signs of mildew.

  1. Environment

Sometimes the biggest issues with a house don’t come from the house itself! The lot and neighborhood can have a big impact. Does the house have a large or small yard? It is fenced in or open? If you have pets or children (or want either), these are important considerations. Things like lot incline can also have a huge impact, particularly if you live in an area prone to flooding or not. You’ll also want to consider things like how close your neighbors are and whether or not you have much privacy. And of course, be sure to look at the neighborhood as a whole. Beyond having good schools, is it easy to walk or bike?






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