If you’re thinking of buying a home, first of all, congratulations! There are few things more rewarding than shopping for your future residence. As if house hunting wasn’t thrilling enough on its own, shows like HGTV’s “House Hunters,” “Property Brothers,” and “Fixer Upper” have added a whole new dimension to the home-buying hype.
While house shopping is an amazing journey, it can also be stressful. After all, it’s easy to get emotional when your dream home doesn’t pan out. In order to avoid this kind of disappointment, you should visit each listing with a critical eye.
Check out our top 4 suggestions on what to look for when you're buying a home.
4 Key Factors To Consider While House Hunting
1. Good Bones
Don’t dismiss a house just because it seems dated or cluttered. Try to look beyond ugly paint or an awkwardly hung light fixture, and see the house for what it could be. Does it flow well? Does it have potential? Does it meet all of your other criteria? If so, forget about minor cosmetic details. These are simple things to fix.
2. A Well-Kept Space
The most obvious characteristic of a good house often lies in its level of maintenance.
Check for warning signs like:
- Faulty smoke detectors
- Broken windows and locks
- Loose flooring
- Leaky faucets
- Water collecting outside or inside
- Rotting wood
You should also evaluate the house’s level of cleanliness. Overall, this speaks to the current owner’s care and upkeep.
3. Professional Workmanship
While there’s nothing wrong with a little DIY work here and there, an overabundance of sloppy work can indicate a “flip house.” You want to stay away from homes that have been hastily fixed up for a quick sale.
4. Lot Condition
What’s more important than curb appeal? A yard you will love for years to come.
Check the following for potential problems:
- Trees, especially their roots for overgrowth and potential cracking
- Drainage and irrigation
- Particularly low spots that could be a flood hazard
- Condition of patios, porches, and decks
- Personal preferences like maintenance and privacy
The most important thing you can do is obtain a proper inspection before buying a home. You can save yourself a mountain of heartache — and not to mention loads of cash — if you hire a professional company to inspect your future home.
Hiring Your Houston Home Movers
You shouldn’t wait until you sign a sale contract to think about your moving arrangements. Ameritex Home Movers are the smart local choice for all Houston area moves. For over 15 years, we have moved homeowners all over the city and its surrounding areas, so we’re incredibly familiar with the different neighborhoods.
If you’re ready to schedule your move, you can fill out the moving quote form at the top of the page. Our friendly customer service representatives are here to answer your questions every day. Also, be sure to consider our premium full-service package for the ultimate in stress-free moving.