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What to look for when touring available homes

Posted by:  Chip Poli
2013-12-18 09:18:04

Are you in the market to purchase a home? If so, you have likely already given consideration to your financial situation and thought about the type, size, style and location of housing that would best suit you. You also have probably realized just how many different options are available.

Has your head stopped spinning? Good. Once you've determined the kind of home you're most interested in buying, you can request preapproval from a trusted lender and begin to hunt for the perfect property. Touring available homes can be an exciting endeavor, but one that is also a bit stressful. In order to remain calm and keep a level head as you search for your dream house, be sure to look at the following features, as they can tell you a lot about the structure's history - and point to potential future issues. 

The bathrooms
While this amenity was once thought of as a luxury, it is required by pretty much all homeowners these days. When touring an available residence, pay close attention to the number of bathrooms it features - as well as their location and size.

Restrooms on the upper or lower floors won't make it easy for you to entertain family and friends, especially those who are older or have disabilities, as they will have to travel up a staircase every time they need to use the facilities. This is inconvenient and unsafe, so try to make sure there are enough bathrooms for your visitors, and that they are large enough to accommodate guests. If you come across a home you like, but it's lacking a bathroom, try envisioning where you could have one built. This may be a large initial investment, but it can heighten your sense of comfort and see the home's value appreciate. 

Habitable square footage
Depending on the size of your family, you've likely calculated the amount of livable square feet that you require in order to feel comfortable and have adequate privacy. As with bathrooms, you need to know that the home you buy has enough to accommodate you and your future visitors. Be sure to talk with the seller or their real estate agent to figure out how much space the house affords.

Also, pay attention to where the square footage exists. Having a lot is great, but if unused attic and basement areas comprise the majority, you might want to move on to the next showing.

The windows
It is usually best to view available residential properties in the afternoon, as this time of day can get a substantial amount of sunshine year-round. This will help you to gauge how much light you could enjoy on average, as well as give you an idea as to the rooms that regularly receive the most illumination. If having natural light - not to mention, a view of the neighborhood - is important, try to pay attention to the direction the home is facing, as well as the size and number of windows.

Another aspect of windows to be mindful of are their age. Newer models are typically more efficient at insulating a home, which can help owners cut their utility bills each month and save a significant amount of money each year. When inspecting windows, look for gaps where air can escape and feel for any drafts. Also, listen to hear if you can the panes rattle whenever the wind blows.

Those looking for their next home can benefit by paying attention to these aspects, and by partnering with Poli Mortgage Group to finance the purchase. The trusted lending company employs experienced Loan Officers that can find clients low rates and secure them with favorable home loans. To date, the organizations has originated more than 40,000 mortgages. Those interested in learning more about the offered product and services can call 866-353-7654.

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