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Must-do Tips for New Homeowners

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Tips for Homeowners

You have finally decided to become an owner of your own property. Congratulations! Now is just the right time to consider the kind of house you want to buy. There are many things new homeowners tend to overlook when house hunting, so we made a must-check list that will save you a lot of time (and, of course, money), and remind you about the things you need to pay attention to.

All senses, go!

Image Source: Imgur | Involve All Senses When Home Buying

When home hunting, make sure to engage all your senses. Can you smell some unpleasant odours around the house? What can you hear from every room? Make sure to check out if your potential home is near a high-traffic road, nightclub, parks or playgrounds. Is there a restaurant nearby that will fill your house with various smells every time you open a window?

Check out walls and ceilings

Watch out for cracks and damp stains on the walls and try to evaluate the state of wall paint, roof and floor. Make sure windows and doors are well installed (and maintained) and that the electric sockets and switches are standing firmly in place.

Evaluate the bathroom

The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the house, so make sure to double check all the taps for pressure, and the boiler for hot water. If the water tank is situated on the roof, it’s probably quite old and will soon need to be replaced. Also, check if everything is well sealed to avoid leakage and damp stains.

Size and number of rooms

Look at the Size of the Home
Image Source: Imgur | Look at the Size of the Home

Is the house big enough to fit you and your family (current and future)? Is there a granny flat in the yard or a possibility of adding one? There’s a big demand for granny flats in Australia, because they’re practical not only as alternative hosing solution but also as an alternative source of income.

What about rooms in the main house? Are they the right size? Make sure that rooms match your lifestyle and can fit your furniture. The best thing is to have accurate measurements instead of eyeballing it, though.

Window size and placement

If you want to have plenty of natural light in your home, make sure the property has big, and more importantly, well-placed windows. You can always make modifications, but those can be costly. Check out the house at different times of the day to get the best impression. Also, if you can see some condensation between double-glazed window panes, it probably means they are not sealed properly and are going to need replacement.

Heating and cooling systems

If you live or are moving somewhere with hot summers or cold winters, you should check out the cooling and heating system. A working system will make your life much easier and save you a lot of money.

Ask about your neighbours

Is the neighbourhood active? Are your neighbours mostly families with children, elderly people or young students who like to party? If your lifestyle doesn’t fit in, better keep looking.

Have a green thumb?

If you’re an avid or aspiring gardener, then make sure you check out the outside of the house as much as the inside. If the property already has a garden, it’s a great sign of good soil and favourable conditions. Another thing you could look for is a nice little shed for your gardening tools and supplies.

Can you picture yourself living there?

Picture Living in the Home
Image Source: Imgur: Picture Living in the Home

This advice is totally not technical, but it is very important. Will this new home allow you to do your favourite things? If you love to party or have people over for dinner, make sure there’s enough room to host everyone. If you’re a collector, make sure there’s enough space for your things. Don’t make yourself say goodbye to stuff you like just because your new home doesn’t have enough room for them. Better keep searching and eventually you’ll find your dream home that will satisfy all of your most important needs.

If you don’t find your dream house from the first try, don’t get discouraged. Choosing a new home is a huge decision, so take your time. So, the next time you go house hunting, bring this list with you. Consult it as much as you need and it will certainly make your choice easier.

Emma Joyce

Blogger at Smooth Decorator
Emma B. Joyce is blogger based in Australia. She is a true home decor and DIY fanatic. Emma is interested in music and also is a big reading enthusiast. Finding new designs and patterns is her daily task. She got hooked on home accessories and decorations during her traveling and now cannot stop searching for new inspiration.

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  1. Clyde Mitchell

    August 19, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    It’s really pretty important to double check the bathroom. Anything old in the bathroom, should be replaced immediately right before you start using it. Specially if the floor of the bathroom is slippery, it will create potential safety hazard for the kids and elderly people.

    Great tips anyway!


  2. Paul Johnson

    October 20, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Hi Emma,

    Thanks for the great tips.

    Cheers Paul


  3. BestVela

    October 26, 2017 at 2:05 am

    Thanks, very great blog post, we have replace the tiles of the bathroom is its slippery.

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  4. Lillian Howarth

    October 28, 2017 at 3:29 am

    Real nice tips for first time home buyers. People shouldn’t get too excited and look the place thoroughly from every perspective and think twice before buying it.


  5. lesly

    November 5, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Thank you for these tips janet, I’ll also add that a good research is also necessary for before carrying out anything. This will not only prevent making the wrong decision, it will also enrish the understanding on financing a home and investing in it in a wise way.
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  6. Jemma

    December 1, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    I totally agree about asking about your neighbors. After all, you’re going to be living next door to them, so you better like them. In addition to that I would ask to records about the last time the roof was replaced. This will let you know if you need to replace it in the future or it will last a good while longer.


  7. Chengen

    December 8, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Thank you for this post Janet. I can see that most of these tips and ideas are related to homeowners – especially new ones – but I’m yet to become one. I have a land I’m planning to build one. Would be nice if you have some tips for someone in my case. Thank you.
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  8. Aaron

    February 7, 2018 at 11:14 am

    I always judge a house by their bathrooms. Bad bathroom, bad house.


  9. biplab_poddar

    February 27, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    Your tips are really helpful for resolving boiler problems.
    The bathroom is the most important part of the house, and of course we all aspire for a warm and cozy bathroom with the boiler services intact.


  10. Charles Sampson

    February 28, 2018 at 6:04 am

    I wish more people would post valuable content like this. This is the first time I’ve been on your website, but after this, I doubt it will be the last time. This will really help people decide and make broader understanding before investing. Indeed your tips will help to make the right decisions. Thank you for the article love it.


  11. Isaac

    March 1, 2018 at 3:25 am

    Granny Flats are great for first owner buyers. They will increase there rental income.


  12. Naresh Rawat

    March 7, 2018 at 12:40 am

    Thanks to telling some few things…There are many things new homeowners to taking …
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  13. Aaron Smith

    March 19, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    I always make thorough checks of the bathroom and the kitchen. They’re the dirtiest rooms in a house and the ones that need more maintenance. I judge the house by using those rooms as a basis.
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    March 20, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    Having a house that is very spacious and clean makes life more easier. Check it out here placentiarealestate.com and find inspiration.


  15. Simply Yours Windows Doors

    March 26, 2018 at 5:07 am

    Hello, Thanks for sharing such an useful tips. Its really helpful for me. Keep it up.


  16. Dr. Philips

    April 10, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    you did a good job to write about these tips for new homeowners. take my special thanks. I am going to buy a new home for me. and this must help me to find out the best one. Thanks, buddy.


  17. James

    April 12, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Very thoughtful list. Picturing yourself in your new place, for me, is the very first thing anyone looking for a new home. It should feel like home, not like another place were you’re staying. Being comfortable somewhere will improve your quality of live greatly.


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    May 6, 2018 at 5:46 am

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  19. Alan

    May 15, 2018 at 1:58 am

    Thank you for the complete checklist. Guarantee that new homeowners who read this will surely follow your advice.


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  21. Gerry

    May 17, 2018 at 4:08 am

    Very useful list you have created here. We have actually used it before buying a house and decided not to move there 🙂
    thanks for the help

    Gerry and Pia


  22. Trey

    May 22, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    I would also add that you should check the flood history and water level rating if you’re going to be living in a rural area or near any significant bodies of water. Great tips!


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  25. Mike Smith

    June 27, 2018 at 4:40 am

    Great tips, thank you for sharing! These are definitely things I will keep in mind. You see, I’m a roofer and I often work on projects for new home owners and these things are always coming up during conversations. Might even send them this article. Cheers!


  26. John

    July 10, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Awesome tips Emma, another tip would be if your garden is south facing or not, for those who like to catch the rays in summer they are better to check things like that out.


  27. Nguyen Phi Khanh

    July 21, 2018 at 5:23 am

    You forgot to check the front door. Your new house’s door must be strong enough to prevent infiltration. Also check all the lock system. Locks must not be rotten. If the locks are not usable then replace them with new locks or you will “die in your dream without knowing why”.


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  29. somia

    September 18, 2018 at 12:46 am

    I really like the tips for buying a new house. I do know people make mistake in the excitement of buying a new home. But you have really made every point clear. Thanks for sharing.


  30. somia

    September 18, 2018 at 12:50 am

    Great ideas and tips.! Thank you so much for sharing it with us.


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    October 16, 2018 at 2:36 am

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  32. Ridley Fitzgerald

    November 7, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Thanks for the tips for buying a home and being a smart homeowner. We’re actually in the process of house hunting right now, so this is helpful. I’ll probably start watching the walls and ceilings more for cracks and damp spots, like you said. We want to buy a home that’s in good shape from the start!4


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