The right amount of space is subjective. A retired couple needs a lot less room than a growing young family. Make sure you’ll have enough square footage to meet your needs.
Yards require maintenance and, depending on where you live, irrigation. If you don’t do this work yourself, you’ll have to pay a landscaper.
Look for a sturdy roof in good condition. A leaky roof will destroy your home’s value fast, and replacing it can easily cost five figures.
Foundation problems are one of the most serious flaws you can find in a house. Make sure the foundation in your prospective home doesn’t show any signs of damage.
A closer look at the exterior can tell you even more. Look for signs of peeling paint, rotten wood, discoloration from animal or pest infestations or hairline cracks as a result of foundation problems.
The number of bedrooms you need will depend on how many people will live in the house as well as how often you’ll host guests.
Give each bathroom a close inspection by testing all faucets and toilets. Look for adequate water pressure and swift drainage, and make sure there are no leaks.
If you’re interested in installing a new central heating and cooling system, make sure the home’s infrastructure can accommodate it.
Inspect the basement for water damage, which could indicate leaks or susceptibility to flooding.
Make sure there’s adequate insulation and that it’s dry and undamaged. Soggy or stained insulation in the attic is a sign of hidden leaks.