5 Important Things to Note for A Home Inspection

Before you make the final decision to buy any property, one of the most important things you can for yourself is to ask for a home inspection with a good home inspector. You probably don’t know how to ascertain the quality of the foundation or the condition the electrical wiring is, so having a home inspector conduct a visit will help you identify things that you should watch out for as well as things to note before you finally purchase the home.

  • Carry out your own inspection beforehand. It’s always better that you have had time to check out the house yourself before going to hire a home inspector. You get to check out the wiring, plumbing, roofing, etc. and see if anything looks out of place to you. You can now raise those questions whenever the home inspector carries out his visit.
  • Be present for the home inspection. Attending the inspection is so you can be available to ask questions about things that bother you. You want to be sure that nothing is left unexplained to you, so the best way to tap into the relevant knowledge your home inspector has is actually to show up for the inspection.
  • Look out for quick fixes. Sometimes a quick fix like a fresh paint job in one room or new wall in just one part of the house may mean that the seller is mindful of you and pays attention or very motivated to sell the home. Other times, it may be that the seller is trying to hide something and cover it up from you. Whatever the case may be, you won’t get another look at those fixes.
  • Take a lot of pictures. Always ask the home inspector to take pictures of the home or bring your camera along yourself. You might not get an opportunity to go back to the house to have a second view at something you just remembered so it’s often preferable to have lots of pictures that you can always go back to see whenever something new comes to mind.
  • Hire someone you can trust. You don’t want to use a home inspector without any loyalty to you. You should focus on finding a person that can talk freely to you about any potential issues. If you need help finding a reliable home inspector, you should ask at your local neighborhood association or real estate professional for recommendations.

Downsizing Your Living Space

People downsize their living-space for all kinds of reasons. Making the decision to downsize shouldn’t be a negative experience and shouldn’t feel like your downgrading your home. Follow these tips to level up your lifestyle and home enjoyment while downsizing your accommodations.

Find a space that works for you.

You might be moving from a large home with a big kitchen or dining area to a more compact condo or cottage and feel like you’re losing a lot of space. Think about how your current home is laid out and what parts you utilize the most. If you love your big kitchen, then search for a highly functional, if smaller, kitchen space. Pay attention to how you move through your kitchen now, is it fluid to go between different cooking, prep and cleaning areas? You might find that in reality, you run around your kitchen and loose efficiency. Look for a more compact, but well-appointed kitchen in your new home search and find an even better space for the cooking and entertaining you love. 

Modernize your home view.

Your current home may have significant square footage, but how is it laid out? Are there lots of walls and hallways separating your rooms? What height are your ceilings? Does your house have a plethora of windows? Many modern homes have great open layouts. Shared space—a kitchen that opens to your living room, for example—makes both areas feel more substantial. Consider a condo or loft that has extra high ceilings and employ vertical storage to give height and openness to your living space. Finally, windows, windows, windows. Look for a home with large windows, and lots of them. Opening your house up to the beautiful outdoors and letting in lots of natural light gives your home the most added feeling of enlarged space. 

Make your new rooms work double for you.

  • Invest in a home with open kitchen, living, and dining spaces so you can entertain and remain a part of the activity while creating a meal or prepping drinks.
  • Combine your office, guest and craft rooms into one multi-functional space. Use modern storage and office systems to keep your room organized and ready to use for any purpose. Find a great sofa bed for seating and guest use or go old-school with a built-in Murphy bed with added shelving on the exterior. 
  • Use combination appliances like a stacking washer and dryer or upgrade to front loading systems that you can put under the countertop or build a worktable over.
  • Look for outdoor space that maximizes your interior space. French doors or a big sliding door that opens your living or dining room up to your patio expands your useable entertaining space. Find a home with a balcony off the master bedroom and extend your feeling of outdoor space. 

Amenities. Amenities. Amenities. 

In your home search consider narrowing in on communities with amenities that improve your lifestyle. Community gyms, pools, clubhouses, dog parks, and even a golf course are great opportunities to add to your lifestyle and help you make new connections. Properties with large green areas, barbecue pits, and trees make you feel like the whole community is your backyard. Associations that take care of maintaining your yard or washing windows can reduce the time you spend on home upkeep and free you up to live your life.

No matter the reason for your downsize take the smart steps to make it work for you and help you upgrade your living. Before you start your home search consult with your real estate professional about the best way to find the right space for you.