When buying a new home, many people mistakenly assume that any issues with the home would have come up during the sale process. While this is usually true if the homeowners are aware of the problem and want to be forthcoming, it isn’t the case if homeowners are unaware that there’s even an issue.
Issues will always crop up after you’ve moved into a new home, whether this is from an actual problem with the home or from something only you view as a problem. For these reasons, it’s important to consider what you want and don’t want in a home before putting an offer down.
Consider what you’re looking for in a home based on things you have liked and disliked about past places you have lived. Even if you have only lived in apartments, you can still glean a lot of information about your preferences for where you live.
No matter what you enjoy in a home, here are three features we believe every home should have.
If you are buying a newer home, you should know that you are buying a tighter home. Efficiency standards have skyrocketed in recent years and homes are now rating incredibly high for energy efficiency and heat stability. While this is great for your heating bill, one thing your home won’t be able to do very well is breathe.
Older homes were hard to heat and the wind often snuck in through cracks in the walls, however, the one benefit of these drafty old homes was that the air turned over quite regularly. Not so in new homes! For example,
Now standard in newly built home, air exchangers
Something homebuyers might overlook during the initial walk through is storage space. The average
We all want to feel safe in our homes, so it’s important that you consider the security in and around your new home. Look for information on the neighbourhood and on past crime statistics. Don’t feel shy to knock on neighbours doors and see how they feel about the area (and get a feel for the neighbours as well).
Is your home well lit outside? If not, look to install security lights that activate with movement so that you will feel secure stepping outside at night.
When in your home, look for windows that could be easily shimmied open or