If you’re getting ready to start looking for a new home (or your first home) there are some basic things you’ll want to look for. At Sloane Realty we offer a large assortment of homes and more are coming onto the market every day at this time of the year. Never settle for less than what you want in a home.
Purchasing real estate is one of the most financially sound things you can do. We realize that buying a new home can feel intimidating when it is your first time. It is understandable that you’d want to make the best decision possible. Below are six of the top things to look for in a new home that can help with your decision.
Efficient HVAC System
Because heating and cooling count for a large percentage of a home’s monthly operating costs you’ll want to make sure a home comes with a newer HVAC system. An outdated heating and air conditioning system will drive up your bills in short order. Make sure the HVAC system is one of the newer efficient models and has been well maintained.
A Layout That Works
Decorating a home is easy and relatively inexpensive, but large renovations like knocking down walls or adding rooms can be quite expensive. It is better to buy a home that already has a layout that works for you and your family. Pay attention to how one space flows into another, ceiling height, number of rooms and the amount of natural light.
The Roof is in Good Condition
Many homebuyers forget to check out this important home feature. A damaged roof can indicate water damage and mold problems elsewhere in the home. A professional home inspection will provide you with important information you need to know about structural and roofing issues. Keep in mind that you can get a home that needs a new roof at a reduced amount and still have the seller contribute funds at closing for a roof replacement.
Old homes can possess a lot of charm, but if you are considering buying a piece of vintage real estate, make sure the plumbing has been updated. Old metal pipes can leak or might be corroding and adding visible sediment to the water supply.
A Great Kitchen
The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in a home. Even if you don’t plan to spend a lot of time there, you will want to make sure the kitchen adds value to the home for when the day comes that you put the house back on the market. Renovating a kitchen can be costly, so it is better to start out with a kitchen you know you can live with and enjoy.
How Many Bathrooms
Adding a bathroom is not cheap. Don’t settle for a home that lacks the right number of bathrooms to match your family’s needs. Two bathrooms at a minimum are ideal.
Follow these tips and we think it will streamline the house shopping experience for you. If you want to look at properties and are in need of a Realtor, don’t hesitate to contact us at Sloane Realty. We’re happy to help.