When it comes to purchasing a new home, it can be difficult to figure out how best to proceed. Finding the perfect space for you and your family can be difficult enough, let alone staying within your budget doing so. In the hunt to find the perfect place, especially if you’re on a timeline (helping your kids attend the new year of school on time, or starting a new job to name a couple.)
Progressing with a sound mind, especially when seeing multiple properties, is easier said than done. This might not even be the end of your stressful duty. You might be planning to move somewhere new entirely, so visiting new properties could take you or your spouse having to stay at home while the other visits properties, thus one half of the relationship will not get the full picture of the property.
There are ways to overcome this however. Using a professional checklist to make sure that your home is filled with the features it must have, if you’re hoping to buy a home with no excess work that needs doing before the move-in day. Using a professional home inspector is usually a great way of confirming your ideas about the suitability of the property, and they are likely to find areas you’ve missed.
But, by and large, these are the home features you should be looking for in a new property:
Your new home needn’t be as secure as a fortress, with laser traps and thick steel walls to outride even the largest of societal disasters, but it does need to be safe. Assess the structural integrity of all of the door locks, window fittings and any other entrances to the property, such as basement entry points or garage doors.
Remember, this is where you’re hoping to move your family, and as such, you should make sure these priorities are well provided for. See what the local houses are like, and inquire as to whether there is a neighborhood watch scheme you can utilize. Smaller, less important safety features such as garden privacy fences or porches aren’t a deep requirement unless you absolutely need them, but they are nice to have.
Your energy tariffs should be ready to set up as soon as you enter the property (and preferably some days beforehand.) If there is an issue with your property being supplied, you might have to submit to a long and costly procedure to get them operational again, and if you have just moved in, you might find that you’re wasting expenditure on hotels until the time comes that the property is made ready.
This can include many things, from roofing security to prevent leaks, to the actual condition of the walls themselves. Do an exterior and interior check of the walls and roofing to understand exactly how safe, cracked or damaged the walls are. Sub-optimal conditions can leave your home structurally unsafe, and this will be much worse in comparison to having faulty locks.
Ensure that your family is safe before you step foot anywhere inside your home. These tips will do plenty to help you with this.