Are there any specific places you should look at when buying a house? Here’s what I think you should look at before making an offer.
When you enter a house for the first time, look at the light fixtures. Have they been well-maintained and cleaned or are there cobwebs and dust on them? This will be a good indicator of how well loved a house is and if the seller has an underlying reason for wanting to sell the house.
Nothing beats a shower after a long day, but does the shower go above your head or does it only come up to your neck? If you can’t picture doing your morning or evening routine in the house, it may not be the best idea to buy.
Cabinet Height and Position
Where are the cabinets in the kitchen? Can you reach them with ease or is it difficult to get a single dish out? Test this out during a showing by bringing a glass or cup with you and seeing if you can reach it in specific cabinets.
How loud are the floors?
Do a test on the floors by tiptoeing around one of the rooms. Do you hear loud creaks? If mutiple people are living in your house and you can hear them on the top floor when you’re in the basement, that may pose a problem.
Check the basement
Basements can be one of the most overlooked areas of a showing. Be sure to check how easy it is to get into the basement, what nessecary machinery may be down there, and if the foundation has any issues.
Check the temperature
Don’t be afraid to fiddle with the thermostat a little during a showing. This will help you see how easy it is to control the heat of the house and how quickly the house will heat up. This can save you time arguing over the blankets.
Look real deep into the neighbourhood
You may have looked at the schools, parks, and other amenities in the area, but have you taken a look at your potential neighbours? Be on the lookout for things such as noise levels of neighbouring houses, pets, and anything that may cause a dispute.
How clean is the house?
Before showing, the house was most likely cleaned. However, you should still ask if there are any hard to clean places within the household such as high ceilings or awkward nooks and crannies.
Garbage and recycling schedules
Do you know when garbage day is? This would be a good thing to look into, especially if you share a driveway or outdoor space with your neighbours. You don’t want last week’s garbage to sit too long.
How easy is it to move items around the house?
Before saying yes to a house, think about how easy it will be to move furniture into your new home. Small hallways and doors can make it difficult to move couches, beds, and chairs from the front door to the living room.