When you are shopping for houses, you will more than likely visit quite a few of them before you find the one that will end up being your next home. Walking through the home should be about more than simply seeing how you like the look of the house: you also want to make sure that it is going to work for the whole family, that it will fit your lifestyle, and that it will provide you with a stable, healthy, and comfortable home for many years to come. Here are some of the important things you want to pay attention to each time you do a walk-through of a house:
Make sure you are happy with the entire layout
You want to pay close attention to the entire layout of the house and make sure it is going to work well for your family. Are the bedrooms situated where you would like them to be, at an acceptable distance from one another? Are the bedrooms large enough? Are there enough bathrooms? Is the laundry room in a location where the sounds won't interfere with your ability to enjoy some quiet time? Are there enough windows to let in ample daylight? Is the kitchen large enough for you to cook in comfort? Is there a large enough dining room to accommodate your family? Are you going to have enough room to do the type of entertaining you like to do? Is there enough storage space in the home? These are just some of the questions you should be asking yourself when you are going through a place.
Make sure you see no signs of foundation issues
You may not always be able to spot foundation issues on your own, and this can be something that isn't apparent until you have an inspection, if it is found at all. However, sometimes you can spot signs of potential foundation troubles on your own. They can come in the form of cracks stemming from the window sills, cracks outside coming from the base of the house, or even obvious areas where the house has a visible gap underneath it.
Make sure there are no visible signs of water damage
Just as with foundation issues, sometimes water damage is found during an inspection; however, it makes things easier and saves you from wasting time if you can spot problems on your own. When you are walking through single family homes, you want to look at the ceilings, all the walls, under the cabinets, and along the showers. You should also pay attention to the flooring, baseboards, and the yard. You don't want to see any signs of water damage, which can present itself as stains on the ceilings or walls, or even unexplainable puddles in the yard. Signs of water damage can mean there is a leaking roof or a broken pipe. When there are signs of water damage, it can also indicate the possibility of mold, which would be very bad for the health of your family.