Posted 10.17.13 @ 6:55
When you go to a viewing or showing for real estate, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. There are cookies, there are pretty window treatments and the place might be crowded with eager buyers. Here we’re going to talk about what you should look for in a homw before you consider putting down a bid. It’s important to be objective when looking at homes so you can make sure that you get the right one. Let’s get started!
How do You Feel When You First See the Home?
Think about how you feel when you first see the home. Does the exterior make you feel at home, or does it make you wish you could rent a rotor-tiller to put in a new yard? There’s nothing wrong with hating a home on first sight; if you don’t like it you don’t like it and you can always move on to the next house.
If you like what you see on the outside, go inside. Look at the entryway and how the home is presented. Does it make you think of a place that you could live, love and make your own? Or is it out dated, aged and inappropriate for your tastes and needs? Appearance will help you understand if the owner has put a lot of time and effort into their home.
The Two Most Used Rooms in the House
The bathroom and the kitchen of a home are the two most used rooms in the house; it’s important to look at these before putting in a bid. Is the tile new or old? Have they replaced a few things here and there or was it a major renovation? Turn on the taps and see if the water runs clear or not. Look for water pressure in each room to make sure there aren’t any problems. Look at the appliances to see how old they are. You can tell when the kitchen was last renovated by the type of counters and appliances that are in the room. If the house has spot lighting or recessed lighting, all the better; you can never underestimate the importance of good lighting in the kitchen and bathroom.
What kind of flooring does the home have? Is it something that you're going to have to update soon? Is it an eco-friendly old hardwood floor or a laminate? Does it creak when you walk on it, betraying its age? You want flooring that's in good repair, so make sure that you pay attention to what lies beneath your feet.
Does it All Fit?
Storage space is important with Oakville real estate, and you're going to need a home with space not to just it furniture but closets as well. Is the garage big enough for projects and a car, and is there enough space for a playroom for the kids or a craft room?
When you look at a home consider how much work you’ll need to put into it to make it fit your life.