House Hunting Tips So you’re excited about finding a new home, but you’re a little bit overwhelmed about trying to figure out which features are absolutes and which ones might not be that big of a deal, right? By the end of this video, you’ll know three priorities to be strict on and three common flaws that are actually fixable.
Hi, it’s Mary Anglin from United Real EstateLos Angeles. Hit the subscribe button and the notification bell to keep up to date with all things real estate. And don’t forget to hit that little thumbs up button on this video as well. First, let’s look at three priorities that you don’t really want to compromise on.
And the first is the neighborhood. Yes, location is essential even more so if you want your kids in a certain school district or you have commuting concerns or you want to be convenient to shopping, um, or parks or a particular place of worship. You can change many things about a house, but the location isn’t one of them.
When you’re house hunting, look for a home that works best for you in the best neighborhood that you can afford. If you find a neighborhood that appeals to you, check it out at different times of the day. A neighborhood can be quite different at night, um, on the weekends, or during Commute Times.
Secondly, are house size and layout. Does the size and layout of the housework for your family? Think about how long you’re gonna live there and what you’re gonna want to be doing in the near future. Will you be starting a family or having more kids or do you plan to work from home? Home remodeling television shows make it look really easy to just knock down walls. And actually, that’s probably a little bit more difficult and a little bit more expensive than it looks.
And on top of that, some of those walls might be supporting walls and they cannot be changed. Also, think about the size and the location of the lot. Will the yard be big enough for your kids? Is there enough garage or parking space? And while you might not mind a busy street yourself, it will affect your resale value when it comes time for you to move.
And the third point is natural light. Many people actually overlook this feature until they’re already living in the home. So pay attention to the direction that the house faces. For instance, a home that faces north and maybe has small windows and a lot of trees could actually feel like a cave in the winter.
And on the other hand, a house that faces west without any shade might be boiling hot in the summer. So you actually can plant trees for more shade or cut-down trees where you need or add more lighting. But be sure to consider your preferences and what’s really possible, given the house layout and the surroundings. Which of these three features are most important to you? Let me know in the comments below. And now we’ll look at three common flaws that you don’t need to let deter you.
If the most important aspects of the housework for you, these are fixable, usually with minimal cost. And the first and most common is the dated decor. So I know it can be challenging to look past brown or orange shag carpet or pink walls or heavy curtains. But these things are fairly easy and inexpensive to fix.
So don’t cross a home off of your list just because of those. Instead, tap into your imagination, look past the surface and consider what changes you can implement to bring the home into your own style. The second is ugly fixtures and hardware. Maybe you like a house except for the dated hardware or poorly functioning fixtures.
It’s amazing how little things like um, new doorknobs, or new cabinet hardware and light fixtures can really make a huge difference. Even doors and plumbing fixtures aren’t that difficult or expensive to swap out. And third is bad curb appeal. A lot of buyers will actually decide not to even go in and look at a home if the yard is overgrown with bushes or dying grass or just really poorly kept.
But brave it! The house may be just right for you. And taming updating landscaping is often an easy fix that can make a big impact and it might even be fun. Along those lines, a dingy front door or faded house numbers, or old light fixtures are also easy to update.
When in doubt, remember that your agent is really your best resource in helping you to understand what changes are easy fixes and what might really be a deal-breaker. Are there additional issues that you’re unsure about? Feel free to send me a message or just comment below and we’ll take a look at those. If you’re in the San Gabriel Valley or the Inland Empire and are in need of a Realtor, I’m right here in West Covina.
Just give me a buzz. I look forward to connecting with you. If you’re not in my area, no problem. I’m more than happy to introduce you to an excellent realtor where you live. Please remember to hit the like button on this video and subscribe to my channel if you haven’t already so that you don’t miss any of the great videos that come out every week and I’ll see you on the next video.
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