Choosing The Perfect First Home
This is it. This is what you’ve been saving up for. You’re going to buy your first home. This is a huge milestone for you. Years of hard work and dedication have finally paid off. It’s time to know what to look for when choosing the perfect house for your first home.
What to look
Exterior: Before you step inside to take a tour of a house, take a second and look up. How’s the roof look? Does it look nice and new or does it look damaged in spots? A good, new roof could mean lower homeowners insurance rates which could save you hundreds of dollars a year. Check around the home as well. Look at the siding and see if there’s any damage or deformities. If anything looks damaged or unusual, it is best to address it.
Interior: Once you step inside, look around. Is the paint chipping? Are there any loose wires sticking out? Any deformities on the ceiling or floor? Addressing all of this can help you from having to spend time and money on fixing certain issues.
Hot Summers, Cold Winters: In the Midwest, we know about hot and humid summers and bitterly cold winters, so it’s best to have working heating and cooling systems in our homes. Make sure to test both out when looking at a home. Fixing a heating and/or cooling system can be very expensive, so it’s best to know that it’s running smoothly before you buy a home.
H2O: Faucets, toilets, showers. Make sure to test out all of them out. Make sure the water is draining properly, too. This will help prevent you having to call a plumber to fix a sink that won’t drain properly.
Test it all out: Hit every light switch, open every door, turn on the ceiling fans. Buying a home is one of the biggest milestones in your lifetime, so don’t feel weird about flicking every light switch on and off and opening up all of the cupboards and drawers in the kitchen. If there’s a switch, hit it to see if it works. If there’s a ceiling fan, turn it on to see how it runs. Test out every switch and door in every room. You don’t want to have to call an electrician because the light switch in the basement doesn’t function.
Other factors: Check online to see if the area is prone to wildfires or flooding. Does the area have a history of high crime? Do the neighbors houses look nice too? If you have kids, how are the local schools? Take a deep breath outside. Do you smell any gas, sewage, livestock, pet odor, cigarettes or any other bad or unusual smells? If there’s a fence, is it in good condition all the way around? If there’s a wooden patio, is it in good condition as well, from top to bottom? Are there any loud and unpleasant noises in the area such as trains, airports, factories, or a busy highway? Let your eyes, ears, hands, and nose be your tools in looking for your perfect home.
Professional Inspection: Even if you check everything in a house from top to bottom, there is only so much we can notice. Having a professional inspection done on a home can make sure you don’t buy a house that has wiring or foundation issues. Professional inspectors will help you find any issues that you may not be able to see. You want to be prepared for any minor fixes you may have to make This will help you negotiate a lower price, as well.