There’s so much that goes into purchasing a house. You want to find the best house you can turn into a home, in the area you want, and for the best price. It can be difficult and not every house you spot is going to be perfect, so focus on these five home features that could save you money and give you the best value.
1. Plumbing Accessibility: How a house ages is based on how it was built and even designed. Make sure the house you’re eyeing has an accessible plumbing system. The more you have to work to access your plumbing, the more money you’ll have to pay. Leaks and clogs could be difficult to solve when you have inaccessible plumbing, so keep that in mind.
2. Wiring: If you’re a lover of older homes, you could come across wiring issues that could be dangerous and costly to fix. If you go with an older home, make sure to get an inspection on the house’s electrical system.
3. Structure: When you’re walking through a vacant home, examine uneven floor boards, doors and windows that are difficult to open due to shifting, and cracks in the home’s walls (exterior and interior).
4. Energy-Efficient Windows: Look for houses with new, energy-efficient windows. This could prevent air conditioning and heating from seeping out of the sills and reduce your energy bill.
5. Lifestyle: Think of how you’ll use your home. If you’re going to utilize your bedroom and office more than any other room, those rooms should probably be bigger than the kitchen or living room. If you don’t have kids, don’t look for a four bedroom home. If you love to cook, find a house with a roomy kitchen. You may not need a house with a foyer and a living room. Consider these small but effective lifestyle choices when choosing the right home.
Home repairs can be pricey and the more you know about what to look for when buying a house, the more money you’ll save in the long run.