As a buyers’ agent, I am in different homes almost every day of the week. My clients, on the other hand, are not … they see what I show them. And it’s very difficult from pictures to really understand the home. So once you actually tour the home, here are some guidelines of what you should really be looking for:
- Location, Location, Location … I know its cliché, but the saying is true. Buying in the best possible location is the way to truly protect your investment. Look for schools, property history and turnover rates.
- Quality of the Property … once you have found the best location for you, take a look at the piece of land the home sits on. Is there enough usable space? Does it have nice exposure? How is the view? Do your potential neighbors’ compliment this home?
- Usable Space vs. Square Footage … always take in to consideration where you will be spending your time – now and in the future.
- Build Quality … how is the home holding up? What quality or brands did the builder use (if it’s a newer build)? What are the quality of the upgrades and/or replacements (if its older)? Was there thoughtfulness put in to the design and build?
- Growth Potential for the home … Although a home may work for you now, consider your plan for the next five years, ten years, etc.
If a home checks all of these boxes, you have a winner in my book, everything else is icing on top of the cake! Happy house hunting!