- Central air conditioning – I’m one large, sweaty dude. Summers without air conditioning are a bad, bad idea.
- Plenty of bedrooms – I’ve got a gaggle of kiddos that are growing every day, not in quantity, but you’d never tell from the ever-expanding grocery bills. Kids eat LOTS OF FOOD.
- Fake grandfather clock that conceals a hidden ladder to the upstairs – Wasn’t Webster awesome? Secret passageways are the COOLEST.
When you’re looking to buy a new house, some things are no-brainers. How new is the roof? When were the windows installed? How old is the furnace? Are there any signs of obvious water damage? Was the house built on an ancient, haunted graveyard?
Let’s look past some of the apparent, obvious reasons why a house might be a perfect fit for you. Let’s talk about some of the things you should be aware of that won’t necessarily show up in an open house or a home inspection.
Look on the Block
- What’s the condition of the surrounding homes? Sure, you can spend all your time pruning and snipping your lawn into perfection, but does it matter when the lawn right next to yours is sloppy and overgrown? Take a look around. Maybe the fact that the bushes in front of your potential neighbor’s house look like they’re reclaiming the house for Mother Nature doesn’t bother you, or maybe it’s going to drive you crazy.
- How’s the traffic on the street? Is the prospective house on a quiet cul-de-sac? Is it situated on a “through” street with constant traffic at all hours of the day? I’ve got young children who love to play outside, and cars using my street as their own personal autobahn brings out the cranky old man in me.
- Are there accessible sidewalks? I talked to a coworker who recently moved. They found the perfect house, got all moved in, went to go for a bike ride through the neighborhood and realized there were no sidewalks. Something simple and obvious, yet in the tunnel vision of finding that perfect home, something was easily overlooked
Work and School
- How close are you to work? I’ve worked 20 minutes from work. I’ve worked an hour and 20 minutes from work. What good is finding the perfect house if all your time is spent in the car driving to the very reason you can afford that house? It’s a tough balance to strike, and sometimes it’s even out of your control. But proximity to work is still an important factor to consider.
- How’s the school district? Another sometime obvious one, especially if you’ve got kids. Go online. Do some research and see where the schools rank in the state. Maybe you don’t have kids, but they’re in your future? Don’t be stuck in a poor-performing district if you’re planning on being in your house for a long time.
Whew! Finding a new house can be overwhelming. If these are only a few of the things you should be considering, how will you keep everything straight?
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What other “outside-the-box” things are you looking for in your next house? What did I miss? Let us know in the comments below and happy hunting!