Things to Look For When Searching for Your Next Home

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things to look for in your house searchSelecting a home isn’t a decision that should be taken lightly. Not only is being a homeowner a huge undertaking (financially and otherwise) but the place you choose will also be where you and your family reside for several years. Essentially, this is why it is imperative that you look at the aesthetics and beyond when searching for your next home.

Here are some things to look for when searching for your next home.

Things to Look For When Searching for Your Next Home

When searching for your next home, make sure to think about more than just the aesthetics. Make sure you do a full rundown to ensure you’re getting the best for what you pay for. The following is a list of areas to look:

1) Curb Appeal

One of the first things you see when you pull up to the home is the exterior. A property with great curb appeal is attractive and leaves high expectations for the property’s interior. So, it’s only natural that you’d be more drawn to properties with a great outdoor presence. Below, are some areas to look: 

Lawn and Garden

Pay close attention to the lawn and garden. Look at the health of the grass, trees, and shrubs. Have they all been well-maintained? Or, will you have a lot of work on your hands the moment you move in? 

Front Porch

The front porch serves as an extension of your outdoor living space. It is also one of the first areas of the property that you encounter before entry. Take a look at the front porch designs to see if it fits your needs. Is it spacious enough for your chairs, planters, side tables, and other porch decors? Is there a lot of damage like rotting or loose porch tiles or unstable railings? 

Backyard

Another extension of your outdoor living space is the backyard. Be sure to take a close look at your surroundings to ensure it’s up to par. Check the health of the lawn, trees, and shrubs, nearby bodies of water, and neighboring lawns.

saving for a down payment on a house2) Exterior Checkpoints

While on the exterior of the home, these are the areas you want to check. 

Roof 

Though roofs can last for several decades, if they are not well-maintained it can be a disaster waiting to happen. Inspect the roof as best you can for any presence of damage. 

Foundation

When the foundation of the property is damaged the entire structure of the home is at risk. Take a walk around the home’s exterior to ensure there are no signs of damage like cracks or erosion from water. 

Siding

The siding, stone, or brick on a property are not just there for aesthetic appeal. It serves as an added layer of protection from the various weather elements. Look closely at the siding to see if there are visible signs of damage.

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3) Interior Checkpoints

Upon entering a residence, it’s not uncommon for interested buyers to get fixated on the aesthetics and features. However, there are a lot of other areas of the house you should check before making a final decision. 

Ceilings

Be sure to look up when you enter a property to inspect the ceilings. You should be looking for cracks, signs of leaks, water damage, or mold. 

Flooring

Though changing outdated floor tiles can be an easy and affordable home improvement project, you still want to inspect the integrity and structures of the floors there. 

Appliances

Look past the bells and whistles of cool gadgets and digital features on household appliances to their quality and maintenance. Look at the refrigerator, stove, HVAC system, washer, dryer, and any other appliances in the house to see how old they are, how well they’ve been maintained, and whether or not there are any signs of damage. Don’t be afraid to turn things on or ask questions to learn the truth. 

Plumbing

The plumbing is an essential structure in the home. A clog, crack, or undetected leak in the pipes could prove disastrous and expensive for you to repair. So, be sure to turn on faucets and inspect pipes wherever they’re visible. 

Pests

An infestation is more than just having a few pests in the home, it can be a health and safety risk for everyone who resides in the home. Not only do some pests bite, but they carry diseases that can be harmful to your health. As you’re checking out the property check for signs of pests like dead insects, traps, or droppings. 

Conclusion

All too often, home buyers make the mistake of purchasing a property that’s aesthetically appealing but not structurally sound. You don’t want those kinds of problems on your hands when you’re trying to move in and get adjusted. So, do your due diligence and be sure to look beyond the marble counter-tops and grey wall colors and look at areas like those described above to find a home that is just as appealing as it is safe.

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My name is LaTia Longuemire. I enjoy writing, singing, and cooking in my spare time. My passion is helping others. At this stage in my lifetime, I'm primarily focused on my children. They are everything that keeps my world spinning.

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