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!
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
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?
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.