Key Things to Keep in Mind When Viewing a Home You Might Buy

Posted by Marv Beer on Thursday, October 5th, 2017 at 11:10am.

Home Viewing Tips Salmon Arm real estateMost people get pretty excited when they're viewing a home they might end up buying. While at first glance a home may appear to be perfect, with everything you need; however it's very important to make sure the home actually does meet all your requirements. You, the potential homebuyer, need to make sure it's the right house for you before you make an offer and sign over hundreds of thousands of dollars. Your real estate agent can also be very valuable in helping you spot issues when you're out house hunting.

1. Check the size of the Bedrooms

Sure the house has the right number of bedrooms you're looking for, but are they big enough? Think about what's in your bedrooms and make sure your items and furniture will fit into the rooms of house you're interested in. If the bedrooms are too small, you'll have a lot of headaches and spend extra money buying new furniture. This also applies to the other rooms in the home like the family and dining rooms.

2. Is there enough Storage Space?

Storage space is often an overlooked commodity when looking at a home. It's easy to get enthralled by the beauty of the house, but forget to check if it has enough storage space for your stuff. Often in newer home, storage space is scarce, so make sure a house has enough for you. That also includes checking kitchen cupboards and closets to ensure sure they have enough room.

3. Soundproofing

This can become a big issue down the road if you buy a house without making sure its soundproofed enough. There's nothing worse than being able to hear every conversation in the bedroom beside yours or every conversation your next door neighbours are having in their backyard. Also double check there is adequate soundproofing between the main floor and basement.

4. Check the Roof

In terms of saving you money in the short term, you want to make sure the roof is in good shape. If the house has a flat roof, make sure it's sealed properly. A new roof should last 15-25 years, depending on the materials, so unless the home is more than 15 years old, the roof should be OK. A good home inspector can tell you about the state of the roof and whether and when it will need to get replaced.

5. Signs of Dampness?

One thing that's easy to overlook is dampness in a home you're looking at. But there are signs you can look for such as watermarks on the ceiling or walls, sometimes they'll be on the floor or carpet as well. You may also notice a mouldy smell. Again, a good home inspector has tools that can detect moisture in a home.

If you're looking for a Salmon Arm real estate agent Contact Royal LePage Access today. Reach us by phone at (250) 832-9997. Or call toll free at 1-877-604-9007.

Royal LePage Access Real Estate Team

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