Julie and Daniel Desrochers from Desrochers Realty Group and eXp Realty shared what they think you should be looking for when buying a new home. These might not be the most “fun” parts of home shopping but they are definitely important and can be real dealbreakers!
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- Accessibility to the areas you frequent like work, shopping, leisure activities, day care, etc
- If you have kids, is in a school district you want to be in
- Size of the lot
- How private is the lot
- Does it back or front to anything that could be a negative like a busy road, rail road tracks or high voltage power lines
- Even if a buyer is personally ok with those things they need to understand how that will impact the value and re-sale of their home
- Tip: to not waste time, look at the aerial satellite shot of the house online before you go to look at it – easy way to rule out homes that may be by something you don’t want to be by
- Is the structure sound, is the general constriction of the house good?
- How do the foundation walls look, are there any cracks or movement?
- Are there cracks or movement in the house walls or ceilings?
- Are the things like skylights that have leaked or could leak over time?
- Some of these things may be deal breakers and some may be fixable but it’s best to know about them before you spend money on an inspection
- There are a lot of things that are easier to change about a house one of the harder things though is changing the layout
- You can change the type of cabinets and countertops but may not easily or economically be able to change the layout of the kitchen
- Make sure you like the flow of the home and where rooms and bedrooms are located
- Work with a realtor that knows if you can open a wall up in the future or make some small changes to make the layout work better
- Do you want a master bedroom that is close to your kids or on another level
- Think not only about how the layout will work for you right now but how it will work in the future as your life changes and family grows.
- Definitely not an exciting part of the house
- But, can be costly if they need to be fixed or replaced
- It is important that buyers understand how the mechanicals work and the difference between the type of systems they could have – for example is it a boiler or a forced air furnace that heats the house?
- If you like a house you should pay closer attention to the mechanicals
- Look for dates so you know how old something is
- You can usually find the manufacturing date on the water heater and find paperwork or installation stickers to tell you how old the furnace is
- If there are older items you want to be able to factor that into possibly your offer or at least your maintenance budget for your home
- How is the condition of the windows and the roof?
- Have the appliances been maintained?
- What about wear and tear on things like flooring, cabinets and baseboards?
- Often times you have to look very close to see these details
- We see buyers get awed by the decorations or paint colors and light fixtures and they have a hard time looking past that to the small details
- Deferred maintenance on some items could mean that the seller deferred maintenance on larger items
- This is a good way to tell how well maintained the home was