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A house is a big investment in both financial and emotional terms. If you’re planning to make it your home, then there’s nothing more important than finding a place you click with, a house that has the right look and feel. But all the same, there are plenty of hidden factors to bear in mind before you make that big decision.
Below are some of the main places you should inspect closely during your next house viewing, all of them provided by home buying expert Arlene Reckson in collaboration with Homes.com.
Leaks And Moisture = Long-Term Problems
A musty smell can indicate mold, which can be tricky to get rid of – checking for damp on the walls and window frames is a good way to get a clearer idea of what’s going on. A leaking toilet can compromise the floorboards underneath, so be sure to ‘excuse yourself’ for a moment alone in the smallest room, and check if the floor around the bowl feels soft, or if the toilet moves when you shake it.
Woodwork Tells a Story
Plywood floors indicate a cheapskate homeowner, and they are likely to need fixing or replacing before too long. Tilting doorframes can be a sign of subsidence. It’s not always easy to tell, but put a spirit level app on your phone before you show up and you can use it to test any suspect doors.
Let Your Body Guide You To The Perfect House
Of course, the most sensitive app is your own body. Listen to the way you react around the house and think consciously about what you would need to do to make yourself comfortable in each room.
If you notice that some rooms are warmer than others, it could be the case that there’s a problem with the central heating furnace. This is something to look into before investing. If the bedroom or lounge is particularly cold or uncomfortably warm in summer, consider the heating or air conditioning costs involved in making these frequently used rooms inhabitable.
Think About The Neighborhood Itself
Many people get so obsessed with a house that they fail to notice the details around it. If there are lots of neighbors with their houses also for sale, it could mean they’re all trying to escape something: crime, noise, busy traffic. Mention it to the seller and see what they say, but also try returning to the area at different times to test the vibe.
A house is a complex thing, with any number of factors to take into consideration before you commit. Here's a handy checklist for you to take with you next time you visit a potential property.
Look out for the little details, and you’re sure to end up in a place that you love and which doesn’t cause you too many problems across the months and years.