House Hunting Must-Read – Checking Utilities and Features of a New Home

A house isn’t just a space where you stay. It is also the place where you build memories and strengthen family ties. So, it’s not enough for a house to look right, but it also has to feel right. But, like in many areas in life, basing decisions purely on feelings is not the right way to go, especially if you’re making such a huge financial commitment. When buying a house, you should also use your head together with your heart. Don’t fall head over heels in love with a place to the point that you ignore or forget all the practical stuff that could give you headaches and financial problems later on. So, here are some practical issues that you should deal with.

– Examine the main structure

When you view a house for sale, don’t just look at all the accessories and decorations. It’s best to consider permanent features – features that are difficult or very expensive to repair or change, such as…

1. Floor Space

An example is the floor space. Is it spacious enough for your family and all the things that you have? Does the house have space for a large family dog? It’s important to assess the entire floor area so that you’ll get an idea about how much space you have. Consider present needs, as well as future ones. If, for instance, you’re planning on having a child, make sure that the house has enough space for a play area or a nursery.

2. Windows

See how many windows there are, and take a look at their sizes too. Windows are vital in ventilation. Remember that it’s difficult and also very expensive to alter or add windows. So, see if you can work with the existing structures.

3. Roof, Walls and Foundation

Check for water leaks, termite infestations, molds, and other things that could undermine the structural integrity of the house in question. Be alert for signs of pest infestations as well. Also, think twice about buying a home which has a flooded basement. When a structure’s basement and foundation are exposed to water for a long time, these becomes weak; and thus, pose a danger to your and your family.

– Have a qualified electrician check the power supply

Electricity is important because this makes all your gadgets work. But damaged or worn wires or outlets are fire hazards. So, before you buy a house, make sure that the wires are working well and that the electrical systems, including all the fuses and breakers, are safe.

– Test the water supply

You don’t need an expert to see if the water supply is sufficient. To check water pressure, you can just turn on all the water taps, and see if the water supply remains adequate. This is especially important if a house has showers and faucets in upper floors. Also, check if the water heater is still efficient, and if it can still supply enough hot water when needed.

– Get an expert to check the HVAC system

One of the most costly home accessories to maintain is the HVAC system. So, make sure that air conditioners and heaters are efficient. The more efficient they are, the less electricity they’ll use up. Ask the previous homeowners about the monthly maintenance costs for the HVAC system and other utilities so that you’ll get an idea about how much you could be spending each month.


Claire Campbell writes for and other real estate websites. She gives house hunting tips, and she also writes about home and ground maintenance.

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