What are the three things you notice first when you visit a home?
smell, organization/cleanliness, lighting
Whether any faucets drip; are any ceilings wet/leaky looking; is thermostat - heat/A/C working?
Excellent advice. It is easy to get caught up in the cosmetics and forget to check what could be really big problems in the future. Thanks Kevin.
You are welcome Kim. Are you moving?
I usually try to check more but you asked for three.
It has been my goal to move now that my kids are grown. I want to find a place half the size in sq footage with enough land to guarantee privacy. I want something that is less expensive to heat/cool/clean and an area I can fence in so I do not have to worry about my animals.
Hi Kim, when looking for a home to buy, three things I always look for are, character (as I just cannot deal with a cookie-cutter home), must have either a nice big front porch or back porch or ideally both looking out on a peaceful and serene countryside, and then finally, I love a lot of large windows allowing tons of light into the home.
I do have the big front covered porch so maybe that will be attractive to potential buyers.
I am like you in that I am wanting something unique that does not look like all the others.
My main thing is that view you mention. And living in the mountains, that is one of the (really wants) on my future home. Thanks for responding.
Those are the same items I notice as well. Thank you for your responses. Kim
State of repair..condition of roof etc, layout, atmosphere..good or bad vibes.
You should watch some of the shows where people are looking at homes to buy. Wood flooring, open concept, Kitchen island, stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, dishwasher, washer and dryer, wall color, size of rooms, bathroom. Most want at least 2 big bath rooms and an en suite, big yards fenced in already for kids and pets, garages.
They don't want to have to make repairs or do any remodeling.
Curb appeal sells most homes in the first 4 minutes of entering the driveway. The heart wants what the heart wants. People make allowances for everything else, if the overall outward look of the home is appealing to them. Works the same way in many marriages.
If I am feeling practical and thrifty, I want to know how old the major appliances are. Is the HVAC new or ready to be replaced - that's $4K there with compressor. Are they selling the fridge or taking it with them, it's not usually a given part of the sale.
What are the counters in the kitchen and bath, what are cabinets made of. Builder grade usually are vinyl with a 12 year life span.
Foundation issues - is the driveway okay or cracked - cracks suggest foundation issues from land fills.
I offer these as some pointers to where my disappointments have been in my home that were easy to overlook at the purchase. Good luck!
I have heard many on HGTV talk about the curb appeal and how people make up their mind almost immediately. That is one reason why I wonder if I should try to go ahead and stay where I am for the winter and then put my place on the market. In the Spring, everything looks so much more groomed. Potential buyers may not be able to imagine how pretty the perennials are and the lushness of the yard. ???
And yeah, I learned about the fridge when I bought this place. That was negotiable whereas the washer/dryer were not.
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