Buying a home is a big financial decision, but it is best to go in with an idea of what and what not to look for. How do you ensure you’re making the most of these brief visits?
The first step is to know what to look for. There’s a lot to take in when visiting a potential home, so having a strategy that helps you determine if a home is a good fit for you or not is a good idea. In addition, coming up with a list of questions is always a good idea. First, here are some things you don’t need to consider when touring a home.
Things you don’t need to consider:
1. Furniture and decor
Although it is hard not to admire the decor when entering a home, that does not reflect the actual house. If you’re a fan of the mid-century modern aesthetic, a floral sofa living room or hunter’s lodge-inspired entertainment room might not appeal to you, but try and look past the decor and furniture to the home’s foundation.
2. Wall and floor treatments
Lamps, rugs, sofas, and artwork leave the property with the seller. Things like paint colors, wallpaper, and carpeting will remain. But don’t panic, these things might not be particularly pleasing to the eye, but they also are not permanent. Wall and floor treatments can be easily changed depending on your style.
3. Small fixtures and hardware
Fixtures or hardware that appear old or visibly worn fixtures can be an eyesore, but it’s important to remember these elements are cosmetic and be switched out easily. They do not significantly impact the overall safety or habitability of the home.
Things you do need to consider:
When touring a home, your nose can help you uncover specific issues a home may have. Mold and mildew are problems that can be easily detectable but can cause structural damage if ignored. The smell of mold is similar to that of wet socks, while mildew tends to give off a less intense “musty” odor. Letting it continue could be hazardous to your health, and resolving it could be dangerous to your wallet.
2. Wall and floor condition
Although specific wall and floor additions can be removed, any damage to the floor and walls is not as easy to manage. Any defects like warped floors, cracks in the walls, and watermarks can also indicate more significant issues. Make sure to take note of any potential problems that you see.
3. Lawn condition
Lastly, if you have a yard, sometimes dead grass and yellow spots are caused by fungal diseases. While not necessarily hazardous, the longer a fungal problem in the yard goes untreated, the more money will be required to fix the issue. Neglecting the issue can also leave a lawn vulnerable to various pest infestations.
Contact Bergen Realty Team today, and we can provide you with a trustworthy team to find your perfect home.