3 Important Things To Consider When House Hunting

June 17, 2020

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Hunting for a new home can be one of the most exciting and, at the same time, frustrating experiences. It is exciting when you know exactly what you are looking for. On the other hand, it can be very disappointing when you simply cannot find what you want or you’re not even sure of what you want in the first place. For most house hunters, factors such as the condition of the kitchen, the number of rooms available, and the size of the garden are very important when picking out the right home. And although these are important, there are a number of other things to muse over before you make your final choice. Here are some things to consider. 

The Location Of The House

A building may meet all your requirements for a dream house and even more. But if it is not situated in the right location, then it might not be worth it. You can tolerate almost any kind of imperfection in a building – indeed, you can fix practically any flaw if you love the location, the neighbours, and the neighbourhood. However, once you finalize the payment of a home, there is little you can do about the surroundings if you realize you do not like it. When picking out the right location, factors such as the distance to work, ease of access, social amenities, etc. should be considered. 

Heating And Cooling Systems

You do not want to purchase a home and invest more money into heating and cooling systems unless you got the house for quite a bargain. There are few things worse than needing a heating system or an air condition and not having any. So, two of the first things to check for before making up your mind, are heating and cooling systems. Make sure that not only are they available, but that they are also in perfect working condition. You can do this by turning the system on and off a couple of minutes and inspect the filters. Pay attention to the sound they make when they are working and find out how long the systems have been in use. If you have little or no experience in how cooling and heating systems work, you can seek the help of a qualified professional.

The Design Of the House

Another thing worth paying attention to is the interior design or structure of the house. Does it offer enough space or increase the risk of accidents? How far apart are the rooms? Is there any need for repair works? If so, how many? These are a few of the questions you should be asking yourself as you inspect the house. If your love for the house outweighs the amount of repair work needed, then make sure you deduct the cost of repairs from the value of the home. Most sellers already do that before selling, anyway. Also, make sure you know at least the estimated cost of remodelling or fixing the house before you purchase. Professional architectural services such as Scenario Architecture are available to provide beautifully unique remodelling designs.

2 Comments

  • Nick June 17, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    Great advice. I do agree that checking the heating system is essential. Gas boilers should have an annual service record you can inspect. I have never lived anywhere with a cooling system (other than a fan in the conservatory) but I suppose with global warming it’s something we all need to think about.

  • MissPond June 18, 2020 at 9:03 am

    Great advice! We were ‘lazy’ and went with a new build, which seriously worked for us. We weighed up all the options, but this house came out top. So much so I think we would do new build next time too!

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