Buying a Home

So Josh and I have been looking for
a home for a little while now and we
finally found one we love again!

I'll post about that later.

But for now, I thought I'd share
our list of things to do while
searching for your new home.

So before even going out and looking
Josh and I had come up with a list of
things we absolutely wanted/needed in our new home.

After renting for just 2 and 1/2 years , we thought
we had a a pretty clear view on what we wanted.
So before you go out, make a list of things you
really would like and things you could live
without but would be nice if they were there.

Here's Our Lists:

2 Car Garage. After renting our first home with a garage
and then renting our second home without a garage, we realized
how much we desperately missed our garage.

3 Bedrooms. I work from home, so I need an office.
We also want to start a family so we need a room for
a nursery and then obviously a Master.

Open kitchen To Family Room. Again in our first rental
the kitchen was connected to the family room, I loved cooking
in there because I could still talk with Josh, and whatnot.
Our second rental the kitchen was closed off and I hated cooking
in there and being alone while josh was doing homework in the
other room and also being able to watch our baby playing in the
family room while making dinner is something I really want :)
So this was really important to us.

At least 2 bathrooms. Our second rental was a 1 bed 1 bath home,
we had to share the bathroom that Josh and I used everyday with
our guests. It's not a huge deal, but having a second bathroom is so nice.

A Kitchen With Storage. Our second rental had absolutely no
storage in the kitchen. It had maybe 4 cuboards. AWFUL,
we had nowhere to put anything. So this was a HUGE deal for us.

Close to the Freeway and Not South of PG. Josh will be attending
U of U, so we need something close to the freeway or trax and
something that is more north so the drive won't be as long.
We didn't even look at houses south of PG.

So this was our list of needs. We would look at homes that didn't
have these just to see if we could imagine ourselves living there,
but it just wasn't something we were willing to give up.

Would Be Nice To Have But Don't Need.

A Backyard. ex. some townhomes don't have backyards.
We wanted a backyard, but it wasn't a deal breaker.

A Driveway. ex. some townhomes don't have driveways.
Again it would be nice to have, but wouldn't keep us from
putting an offer in.

A Laundry ROOM. Some homes only have laundry closets,
not a full walk in room. This wasn't a huge deal for us.
Just as long as there was a place for a washer and dryer.

A Rambler or Two Story. We would prefer a rambler,
but a two story would not have kept us from wanting to buy.

Lots of Windows. I love the sunshine in a house.
I LOVE a lot of windows and BIG windows, but we did see
some houss that didn't have a ton of windows.
This obviously wasn't a deal breaker.

So these were our lists and sometimes your lists will change.
Like with us, as we saw more and more homes,
having a backyard became more important to us.

Okay so now here is a list of things to check while
doing a showing of the home.

1. Check the faucets and drains. See if the water pressure is good,
if the drains all work properly and maybe even taste the water.
Some cities have really awful tasting water. Also, leave the
water running for a minute. Is it cloudy or dirty?

2. Check the shower and tub water pressure.
is it just barely dribbling out or will it be able to
get the shampoo out of your hair within a minute?

3. Obviously check the carpet, floors ect. Will the
flooring need to be replaced?

4. Check the windows. Make sure they open,
close and lock correctly. You can also check all the
doors as well. and press your fingers against the windows
seals, does it feel soft? This could be a sign of rot.

5. Check the garage door. does it open and close correctly?
Is it loud and screachy?

6. Check for any signs of leaking, around tubs, toilets, sinks, etc.
Our rental home, whenever we take a shower, the tub has a
crack in it that you can hardly see, but the water dribbles out
of it and by the end of the shower there is a pile of water all over!

7. Check all the light switches, do they turn on what they are
supposed to turn on? Or does the light in the master bedroom turn
on the kitchen light? Sometimes the wiring can be wrong.

8. Check the doors again, do they stay open or swing shut?
If they swing shut, this can sometimes mean the foundation
of the home is not right/good. Or simply that the door is hung wrong.

8. Flush all the toilets, do they flush correctly?

9. Look for cracks in the ceiling and walls, this could be
caused from foundation issues.

10. Also if you can, check the heater and air conditioning.
Make sure both work correctly and check all the vents as well.

So these are just some things that Josh and I have found as
we looked through lots of homes. Hope this list helps you
as a possible bargaining tool!

1 comment :

Aly said...

I am so glad you posted this. I always knew what I wanted and didn't want but actually seeing it written out made it easier to think about. I'm glad you mentioned the open kitchen thing. Never thought about that. If I may just leave my 2 cents, I think you should bump a backyard to a must. We live with an un-usable backyard and never thought anything of it. Until I went to friends house who has a nice backyard and my baby LOVED IT! So for me and my babies, a backyard is a must :)
Great list, good luck with house hunting! I'm ways jealous!