While you’re in the process of house-hunting, it’s understandable that certain features may be more important to you than others. You’ve got a family of four – you may want a four-bedroom home. You’ve got a dog or two or are an avid gardener – you may want a large backyard. But there are many more aspects to consider than just the features and amenities.
Over 90% of buyers first begin looking for homes online, and over 45% of buyers wind up purchasing one of the homes they found online. Many popular real estate websites, include advanced search parameters that allow you to specify and refine your search. And the MLS systems that agents have access to can help you refine it down even more.
Keep in mind that just because a home may be new to you – unless it’s brand new construction – it has probably seen quite a bit of wear and tear. So here are a few features to look for when purchasing a new home so that you go into the process as an informed home buyer:
While not necessarily a feature, this is going to be the most important thing to consider first and foremost. Do you want to live in the city or the suburbs? On the waterfront, remote and private, or cul de sac in a gated subdivision? Maybe you want somewhere with scenic views of mountains or a golf course. Research neighborhood demographics and statistics as well. If you want to live within a certain area’s school district, you wouldn’t want there to be a high crime rate.
Think about what type of construction features you might prefer. Do you want your home to be made of concrete, brick, wood, adobe, or logs? A roof made of composition shingle, slate, or concrete tile? Stone, stucco, or cement siding exterior? Are lawns, decks, swimming pools, patios, courtyards, or trees important to you? And don’t forget the many styles of construction – contemporary, Mediterranean, ranch, Spanish, Victorian, Tudor, and more.
Basic Home Amenities
This is where you’ll determine number of bedrooms and bathrooms, age of home, garage size, basement, stories, HVAC, and flooring style. Perhaps you’re looking for a three-bedroom, two-bathroom, two-story home with a home office, loft, two-car garage, and combination vinyl/carpet flooring. Consider the possibilities.
Specific Home Amenities
This is where you’ll concern yourself with kitchen features like appliances, dining features like a formal dining area, master suite amenities, bathroom features, home energy amenities, and even disability features.
In addition you’ll want to consider lot size, room sizes, interior layout, region weather conditions, house orientation, and storage space. There are a lot of areas to look at, but hopefully this list will provide a good starting point.
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