Post # 1
I an going with a realtor tomorrow to check out houses for the first time and I want to know what you guys noticed after the fact or wished you paid more attention to when walking through homes.
Post # 2
The second house I bought had a horrible problem with rust in the water. It turned all the showers in the house Orange. The sellers obviously had cleaned the tubs very very well so we had no idea until the rust started to build up on the shower walls. I wish we had tested the water or the well during our home inspection so we would have known what we were getting into.
Also, for some reason I have the WORST luck with dishwashers not working. Make sure you run all of the appliances for a lengthy period of time through your home inspection so you can be sure there isn’t any issues past the first 2 minutes.
Post # 3
The house we are in now has hardly any counter space or storage space, I didn’t really realize how little the space was until we moved in. Funny thing is, it’s a big kitchen, just no counter or storage space.
Also think about how you want to arrange furniture. Our living room is a weird layout and we can only fit the tv, with small entertainment center and a couch. We have small end tables and a lamp. We have a formal living room too, but we spend most of our time in the funky layout.
Post # 4
Drainage of water away from the house, no low spots close to the foundation where water may pool and water damage along the baseboards. I obviously bought a house with huge water problems, both with the pipes and the roof runoff pooling neaar the house and at low spots near the sliding glass doors
Post # 5
The condition of any wood flooring. Our house was staged beautifully and they had nice big rugs near the front door and back door. When we moved in we noticed the flooring by both doors had water damaged and needed repair immediately.
I second checking the dishwasher. We had to replace ours because it was broken.
Post # 6
Semi detached house=very thin walls! I didn’t realise till we moved in the adjoining walls in our house are insanely thin! We always viewed the house in the day time when the neighbours weren’t home. They make a lot of noise when they are. Its an old house and every wall is solid brick you can stand upstairs and shout and not hear down stairs but for some unknown reason the walls between us and our neighbours are made of the thinnest brick known to man kind you can hear someone cough in the neighbours bedroom while lying in bed. We are currently spending a fortune on sound proofing.
Post # 7
Think about the re-sellability of the house. Things that might not matter to you might be dealbreakers for other potential buyers. At some point, you will probably be selling it and moving on. You don’t want to get stuck with a house that is difficult to sell.
Post # 8
If you find one you like, take some pictures (you may want something not shown in the listing). It’s nice to jog your memory after looking at a bunch.
I will second the comment above and my advice would be to take a good look at the space. Consider what types of activities you like to be able to do, how many people you entertain, etc. Figure out what is important to you, what really annoys you and what you don’t mind. Then ask yourself whether you could seat enough people in the living room, if there is a decent working triangle in the kitchen (and if more than one person may be in there at the same time, can you fit?), is there adequate storage or room to add more, are there good sightlines if you have children, whatever your situation is. Good luck and happy house hunting!
Post # 9
Make up a spread sheet with columns for the
must havesand the
nice to haves
. It all becomes a blur afer a while.
As a pp has said, take pictures. Often you will see things when you look at the pictures that you didn`t notice in person.
Do not be shy. Open closets, cupbard doors, manually open the garage door.
Look for the date of the last inspection of the furnace if there is one. It should be on a sticker on the furnace. Pull out the air filter to see if they have done basic maintenance.
Turn the dishwasher and washing machine on when you first enter the house. It will give you a chance to see and hear if they work properly, leak etc. You could save this for a second visit if you are otherwise interested in the house. Also keep in mind that this is not necessarily a deal killer. You can negotiate the price if the appliances need to be replaced.
Post # 10
Another thing would be check where the central air ducts are. In our first home they were in the front of the house hallway and by the back door On the first floor. Super annoying when you want heat or AC blowing on you in the living room, and not as easy fix like new countertops or an appliance.
Post # 11
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
We have a sun room that’s gorgeous but impractical because there’s no central air ran to it – and with a dozen single pane windows it doesn’t get much use. Also, our furnace was installed backwards so there’s much more resistance then there should be, and it’s been a PITA.
Another thing is I wish we would’ve asked the sellers to remove some dying trees around the property.
Post # 12
This advice is really for before you make an offer…
Visit the house/street/neighborhood at different times of day. If you are seeing a house, it’s probably during the day when most of the neighbors are working. So, it’s generally quiet.
If you visit at different times, you get a feel of things really are…
~The quiet next door neighbor might have his thrash metal band practice in his garage until 3am.
~Is there adequate street parking (if necessary)? Or does everyone jockey for a parking space?
~Is the quiet street a “throughway” through the neighborhood?
~Does the neighbor behind you mow his grass at 6am Sunday morning?
Every street/neighborhood changes based on the time of day. I believe it’s important to know how it “behaves” before I would consider purchasing a home.
Post # 13
MissBridge: I bought in April three years ago. I quickly realized some cabinets and fridge shelves were HOT GLUED to keep them together! They also used a wood spray to disguise dog scratches on cabinets. The central air unit had dents that they blamed on dogs climbing up. It turned out that the CA didn’t work upstairs and their air conditioner wall unit fell on top of the big unit below! I wanted to kill those liars when I was quoted $11,000 for a second unit.
Post # 14
something you should do RIGHT NOW BEFORE even looking at houses is look up FamilyWatchDog.us and check out the sex offenders in the neighborhoods you’re interested in! I didn’t check until after I moved and now my fiancee agrees we need to move again before we ever have children 🙁 we just don’t feel safe
Post # 15
MissBridge: ummm, this is going to sound really stupid, but…does it have lights? Haha
Luckily, Darling Husband is handy and was able to wire us up some lights, but when we looked at the house it was super bright with windows open. It didn’t even occur to us to flip a light on. Then, when we moved in, we realized none of the main rooms, except for the kitchen, had light fixtures! We had to use lamps for awhile!