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Things to Look for at an Open House

by Bevony on February 26, 2019 No comments
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As the home buyer, you may not know that a home inspection doesn’t cover all the things that need to be covered before you select a home. These things while not so obvious can make a big impact on your day to day life in your new home after you pull up the “SOLD” sign and move in.

As your experienced home builders Vancouver we can tell you a thing or two about some of the things you need to look for when you are an Open House. So let’s get into them right away.

  1. Room size – you know your needs more than everybody else. You probably even have your own furniture. You need to make a note of the actual size of rooms to ensure they will meet your living needs. Note that even in a staged house, the space may be too big or too small for your needs so always ask about the size to ensure it will meet your needs.
  2. Flow from Outdoor to Indoor and vice versa – These ease at which you can move from your indoor living space to your outdoor living space and back is of utmost importance. Not having the ease you really want will make your home uncomfortable and we don’t want you to be uncomfortable in your new home by any means.
  3. Floor Plan – as you go through an open house think about your day to day activities and ask yourself how you go through your current space. What are the things you don’t like about your current space and does this house offer a better flow?
  4. The grade of the lot – Is the open house situated on a flat piece of land or is it sloped? If sloped just how steep is the grade? Is it too steep that it will prevent you from extending the home in the future if you wanted to? is it too steep for kids to play safely out in the backyard? These should definitely be put into consideration.
  5. Natural Light – A home with lots of natural light will boost your mood and help to reduce your stress levels. Try to attend the same open house at different times in the day to see how the natural light comes into the house at various times. This can help you decide if the house has enough natural light to meet your preferences. Pay attention to window sizes and their placement as well as it relates to core areas of the home where you know you and your family will spend a lot of their time.
  6. The length and width of the driveway is another set of measurements you should ask about.  You want to ensure that your cars will be able to fit and you maybe want a shorter driveway so there is less shoveling to do during the winter months.
  7. Street Parking – You will want to consider this especially if you are considering purchasing a home in the city. There are rules for street parking that may make it hard for family members to visit or which may prove expensive for you over time if your household is a multicar household and you don’t have enough garage and driveway space for all vehicles.
  8. Laundry Room – the laundry room is the hub of most houses and you want to ensure that it is located in an area of the house that is easy to access and provides you with enough space to get your laundry done. Remember a chore can feel so much lighter when the home is properly laid out and you have enough space to carry out the chore.
  9. Number of Bathrooms – This is of more importance for those who have children or are planning to have children. Mornings can be hectic and with everybody trying to get out the door you want to ensure that you are not selling your self-short by choosing a house with fewer bathrooms that you need.
  10. How Close are Your Neighbors? – This, of course, is a personal choice but sometimes you get so caught up inside the house and the with the staging that you forget to pay attention to the outdoor space. Look at how far or near your neighbors are and consider how close you would like them to be for comfort.

If you have been going from open house to open house and still can’t find the house of your dreams. Get in touch with our team and let us help you make your dream come true with a custom home designed to meet your needs and to meet your budget. Call Us and set up a consultation appointment today!

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