When viewing a potential home, it's important to pay close attention to how it meets your needs. Location, school district, outdoor space, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms are all criteria that may be high on your must have list. Do not be deterred by cosmetic details that can easily be changed.
- Current décor. Try not to get swayed by the furnishings of a home. Remember, the furniture and décor will be removed if you purchase the property.
- Cluttered view. Look beyond any clutter and focus on the actual floor plan. At the same time, evaluate closet and storage space in the home.
- Staged reaction. Remember, most sellers take the time to stage their home. Often furniture or interior doors are removed to make rooms feel bigger. Check the square footage to get an accurate size of each room.
- Old and out dated. Outofdate hardware like drawer pulls, hinges and knobs can easily be changed. Don’t be put off by an abundance of accessories that don’t fit your style, they can usually be inexpensively swapped out with something else.
- True colors. Interior paint colors can easily be changed, so don’t be turned off by that overly bright kitchen or dark den. Focus instead on the amount of natural light and if the room itself has ample interior built-in light fixtures.
- If you want to get a truly accurate view, bring a tape measure and take pictures of the interior and exterior. Remember to focus on the overall floor plan, quality and condition of the home and not on the accessories.