Using A Checklist When Shopping For A Home
So you’re having fun looking at new homes, right? Yes, it can be a fun and exciting process, but I’m sure you’re not doing it just for fun. It is easy to get distracted by the home decor and thinking of how your furniture will fit perfectly into each area. Try to keep an objective eye when walking through a home for the first time. By using a walkthrough checklist, you’ll be able to keep a clear head while keeping track of the most important features of the homes you visit. The checklist can be used at the beginning of the process to weed out the deal breakers and help you identify your “must haves”. Once you’ve toured several homes you can assess a total “score” using your checklist. From there, you will be able to compare homes using the scoring system and not by relying totally on memory. The checklist method may also provide some advantages that appeal to the more logical type personality where facts weigh in more heavily than emotions. The home you’re planning to live in should provide lots of positive feelings, however; the best decisions, usually, come when using both the emotional and the logical perspective.
A good checklist should include aspects of the home such as a neighborhood, exterior and interior features, yard or property, and the garage/carport and parking to name a few. Using this technique, you’ll be able to make a decision on the best home for you, not only using “feeling” but facts. You can find such checklists on the internet with a simple search for “home buying checklist”.
Specifically, here are just a few suggestions of things to pay attention to when going through a potential home. This list is not all-encompassing, but it can provide a few starting points to think about:
Consider how easy or difficult it is to move from indoor to outdoor living areas and back again. The flow of traffic can make a huge difference in your day-to-day living experience in your home. To solve this issue, look for French or sliding glass doors which lead from the main living spaces to the outdoors.
Be sure to look at window size and placement within a potential home. Of course, you can add and modify windows, but it’s not the least expensive way to upgrade a house. Ideally, you should seek out a house with plenty of well-placed windows.
Take a look at the driveway length and width. It may seem like an insignificant consideration until you purchase a home. Once you realize your car won’t fit in the driveway because it is too narrow, or you have to shovel that lengthy driveway after a major blizzard you may have some regret.
Finally, don’t forget the all-important heating and cooling systems. While it isn’t as big an issue in milder temperature climates, a good heating and cooling system will make your environment much more enjoyable during extreme temperatures. Installing a central air conditioning or heating system can be expensive and can disrupt your forward progress in the home buying process. It is wise to find a home with a solid unit already installed to save money and eliminate some stress.
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