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What Buyers Should Look for During a Home Tour

Couple Touring Home with Real Estate AgentBuying a home is one of the biggest and most important financial decisions you’ll make. That’s why it’s essential to do your research and know what to look for when touring potential homes. Here are some things to keep in mind during your next home tour.

Location

The location of your new home is important for many reasons, from convenience to resale value. Consider the distance between your home and places like shops, restaurants, gyms, parks, and work. Research the area and learn about schools, crime rates, traffic patterns, neighborhood vibes, and more. A knowledgeable local real estate agent can help answer questions you have about the neighborhood and current market conditions.

Layout

When looking at a potential home, buyers should take the time to pay attention to all the details of the space. The layout of the property can tell a lot about how it will work for you and your family. Look for adequate room sizes, efficient use of space, good flow between rooms, and natural light streaming into each area. Take notes on the details that you like or dislike so you can compare homes and make an informed decision.

Visible Damage

A well looked-after home where the owner has taken care of routine maintenance can end up costing you less long-term, so pay attention to any signs of damage or neglect. Look out for cracks in ceilings, walls, and floors as they could be a sign of a poor or unstable foundation. Do the systems of the house (e.g. furnace, major appliances) look to be in good condition?Another tip is to make sure all doors and windows shut and lock properly. Also keep an eye out for stains on the ceilings, walls, and floors, as these could indicate water damage, mold, or excess moisture. Check out the overall condition of the roof because if it needs to be replaced soon that can add up in terms of initial costs. Your real estate agent can get information on when the roof was last replaced or repaired.

Aesthetics & Matching Your Personal Preferences

Finally, make sure to take a look at little details like paint colors or window treatments if those things matter to you in terms of personal preference and your total budget. Replacing curtains and blinds or repainting a room or two is a relatively small expense compared to new flooring, for example, so you'll need to factor that into how much you want to spend in total on your new home. These small details might make a big difference when touring homes and comparing properties.

If you are looking for a home in the Greater Boston area, contact Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty. We can help you with your Boston area home search and guide you through the buying process from start to finish.

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