Buying a home can be an emotional process. It doesn’t take much to fall in love with a house, but it’s important to consider all the factors before making a house your permanent home. Beyond paint on the walls and the size of the room, what should you be looking for when it comes to the living areas in a home? We’ll help you figure that out in just a few easy steps.
How to Examine Living Spaces During a Home Walkthrough
One of the most important factors in determining if the living space is right for you is by looking at size and floor space of the rooms. Do you like to entertain often? If so, check to see how many people could fit comfortably in the room. Don’t forget to factor in the size of your furniture. Try to visualize what the space would look like with your belongings in the room.
Look up! How tall are your ceilings? This is an often overlooked but very important aspect of any home. High ceilings make a room feel more spacious, but they can also increase your heating and cooling costs.
Once you’re finished looking up, look down. Check out the wear and tear on the floors. Have they been heavily trafficked or recently redone? Also check for any sloping, bumps or signs of damage, like ridges under a carpet. Take your time examining the floor because problems under your feet could signal bigger (and potentially more costly) problems in your home’s structure.
Looking for plugs isn’t the most glamorous aspect of searching for a new home, but it’s important – especially if you don’t want extension cords and power strips all over your living room. Look for two- and three-pronged outlets and determine if there are enough resources to meet your needs.
How much natural light does each room get? Are there adequate windows and what side of the house are they on? Will you be getting more light during the morning or at night? Adding windows can be costly and in some cases, depending on the structure of the house, impossible. Make sure you’re happy with the light sources before you commit to any home.
Have any tips about what you look for in a living space? Got a home-hunting experience you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments!