Wednesday, May 14, 2014

What to consider when buying a home

There are many factors that need to be considered when buying a house. Aside from the practical factors such as the price and location, the home itself should be assessed properly. Does it fit your needs? Is it structurally sound and made from quality materials? 

Whether you’re buying a pre-owned or brand new house, it’s important to check the finishes and materials used in the house. This will be telling of the property’s quality and may also reflect possible wear and tear on the property in the future.

These are some of the questions you need to ask before buying a property. Here’s what to consider when buying a home… 

Number of rooms and bathrooms

The easiest way to determine whether there is enough space in the house to accommodate your needs is by looking at the number of rooms and bathrooms it has. Factors that could help you make your decision include whether your kids will share rooms or not and if you need a guest room or an extra room for an office, games room or other activity. 

Think ahead and consider future needs as well, since buying a property is a significant investment that could be your home for years to come. 

Finishes and materials

Whether you’re buying a pre-owned or brand new house, it’s important to check the finishes and materials used in the house. This will be telling of the property’s quality and may also reflect possible wear and tear on the property in the future. For example, narra parquet floors are more durable than laminate flooring. Check the workmanship and materials used on built-in cabinets as well. 

Property condition and damage

When it comes to pre-owned homes, checking the condition of the property is crucial. It’s best to get help from a contractor or professional to determine whether there are any major damages that will cost you a lot during a renovation. Plumbing problems and deteriorating structures can be costly headaches later on. 

Light and air

The quality of your living environment will also depend on how much light and air goes through your home. No matter how nice the interiors look or how big the space is, inadequate light and air from the outside can make for a stifling and dreary atmosphere. Opt for a home with enough windows. For house orientations that are narrow and deep, a skylight in the middle of the property can make for better quality of space.


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