We’ll Make Sure You Did…
Whether it’s your first home or your fifth, a place to call your own is a big, important purchase, and you don’t want to have any regrets once the keys are in your hands.
Most potential home buyers look at the big factors – are there enough bedrooms, will the paint colors match our furniture, is there enough cabinet space in the kitchen, is the backyard big enough? But once the inspection is done and the papers are signed, did you really think of EVERYTHING?
We want to make sure you did! For instance, how many stairs will you have to climb in order to get the groceries into the kitchen? Are you looking forward to sitting on your back deck, sipping tea, only to find out that the sun makes it unusable space for the majority of the day? Sure, the trees in the backyard look beautiful in the summer, but do you want to rake all of those leaves when fall comes around?
Here are a few tips to consider that might impact your day-to-day experience in your new home!
Driveway Length and Width
If you are a two-car or more family, a single width driveway can be a challenge from day one. Make sure the driveway is long enough and wide enough for your car(s) and family activity needs.
A large or steep staircase can really make or break your daily living arrangements, especially if you’re currently residing in a home that is stair-less. Count the stairs, check out the steepness of the staircase and think of everyone who might visit your home for long periods of time or if you plan to have elderly family move in one day. A big staircase may not be the best bet for your needs.
You’re either a yard work lover or it’s just not your cup of tea. Make sure your new yard is manageable for your vision of what the up-keep should be. Also, be sure to ask if the homeowner’s association covers yard maintenance. Sometimes it can be a required, additional monthly fee.
Laundry Room Location
Why make a chore even more daunting by placing the laundry room in a bad location? If the machines are located in the basement for example, are you okay hauling the clothes up multiple steps in order to get them into the drawers? Or, if you like to fold the laundry in the living room, but it’s located upstairs, does that suit your needs?
Neighbors and Neighborhood
Have kids? You might want to visit the house on different days and during different times to see the interaction of neighbors. If you see them out and about, it might be a good idea to say hello and ask how they like living in the neighborhood.
Walk through the rooms and imagine a typical day. Do you spend most of your time in the kitchen and living room, only to see that a large wall separates them in this particular house? Do you need a bedroom on the main floor for guests who don’t do well with stairs? Think of the type of concept you’d like – more open, or more closed off – and make sure the house fits your needs.
We realize that searching for the perfect home can be a challenge, so use these tips to help figure out what’s important to you. Prior to beginning your house search, we recommend making a list of all of your must-haves and also a list of items that you could live without. A perfect home is one that is perfect for you and we can’t wait to help you find it!