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People are slowly but surely resuming their house hunting journeys as they adjust to their new normal. And while you may feel hesitant about moving forward with such an important chapter in your life under the circumstances, things will get easier.
Prior to beginning the search for your dream home, make sure you follow all CDC safety guidelines. And if you’re not quite ready to visit properties just yet, you can attend virtual house tours. Consult your real estate agent to make the necessary adjustments.
All set? It’s all systems go!
Here’s the ultimate house hunting checklist to help you find and invest in your dream home minus the hassle.
You’ve decided that it’s time to upgrade to a new home. What’s next?
One of the first things you need to get right is the location. Ensuring residential safety and security is especially important if you have or plan on having kids.
We suggest creating a list of the top 5–6 neighborhoods in your preferred area. Take your time to check for nearby schools, parks, restaurants, healthcare clinics, grocery stores, malls, and other key locations.
In addition, read reviews to get a look and feel of the area. This will help you steer clear of properties that are deemed “too noisy,” “not safe,” or “too far from stores and other facilities.”
Ultimately, shortlist locations that meet your personal criteria.
Aesthetic Appeal and Functionality
In many cases, people solely prioritize either aesthetic appeal or functionality. This is one of the biggest house hunting faux pas. Instead, prioritize both in equal measure.
When it comes to aesthetic appeal, make sure the property matches your personal aesthetic taste. Focus on curb appeal and interior design and décor. The property should feature modern iron doors that not only look compelling, but function seamlessly.
In addition, the home should be equipped with visually satiating furniture, furnishings, wall art, and essentials.
When it comes to functionality, leave no stone unturned. Check the flooring, fences, patio, basement, attic, garage, and roof to ensure there are no signs of damage. In addition, there should be no plumbing, gas, electricity, water, leakage, or pest issues.
Size and Storage
Depending on your needs, you may require ample size and storage or just enough to get you by.
When navigating a property, envision yourself living in it in the long run. This is a great way to determine whether the size and storage capacity are right for you.
Common questions you should ask yourself include:
- Is the number of bedrooms sufficient based on my long-term family expansion plans?
- Will the closet sufficiently fit my clothes?
- Is the kitchen storage adequate?
… And so on.
Create a personalized list of key size and storage requirements and check them off as you screen potential properties.
Of course, don’t forget to keep your budget in mind. While a luxurious and uber-spacious home may look like perfection encapsulated in a property, it may end up being out of your budget.
Windows and Lighting
Windows and lighting are integral elements of a home. The last thing you want to do is sign the dotted line only to realize the home is way darker and gloomier than what you recall.
Make sure there are sufficient windows in every space of the home, including the living room, dining area, kitchen, master bedroom, guest room, bathroom, and virtually every other space (we’re not exaggerating). A beautifully lit home will make you feel more energized and enthused. And while lighting fixtures help, they’re a pitiful replacement for natural light.
Prioritize properties that have ample windows—preferably factory-style steel windows with low-e (low-emissivity) glass. Not only will these cutting-edge and durable windows bathe your space in a plethora of natural light, but they’ll also bock destructive UV rays and heat.
The outcome? Your home will feel cooler during the hot summer months. This is a great way to reduce your electricity bills.
We also recommend making sure each window offers a stunning view.
Once you’ve found your dream property that checks off all the boxes, consult your real estate agent a few more times for anything that may have been overlooked.
If you get the green light from them as well, you’re good to go! Enjoy your new home and don’t forget to follow residential safety measures to prevent spreading or contracting COVID-19.
With over 42 years of experience in designing and manufacturing doors, Pinky’s Iron Doors offers a wide range of stunning wrought iron doors and black steel doors. Head over to their website to indulge in your favorite portals at heavily discounted prices. For more information, call 844-843-6677.