Monday, April 13, 2009

7 Things I've Learned While House Hunting

Day Two of the Problogger 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge is to write a list post.

Since buying a house is probably the dominant topic in my head, here are 7 things I've learned while house hunting.

  • If you walk into a house and immediately know it's not it, don't waste time walking through it. Walk right back out.
  • Not everyone takes care of their houses as you would.
  • If you don't love it, don't make an offer.
  • Trust your gut.
  • If you love the layout of the house, don't get caught up on the floors, walls or other cosmetics. Those can be more easily changed. The layout and size of closets/bathrooms cannot.
  • As you drive up, check out the neighborhood. What kind of cars are parked on the street? What other activities are going on? Are the other yards well kept?
  • Look for signs of major issues.... the wall separating from the ceiling may mean foundation trouble. Wet carpet may mean a water leak.

1 comment:

Spamboy said...

On top of that list:

* Visit the 'hood in both day and night, so you can get a vibe of what it's like all throughout the day. How it looked when you visited on a weekend might be completely different than what things are like at night on a weekday.

* Before you make an offer on The One, take another walkthrough as a check to confirm you're still in love.

* Time the commute from the house to your jobs and confirm you can live with the time spent to go to/from home each day.