Leslie Cain: Important features to look for in a new home
Whether you are currently searching for your first home or your third home, it is a good strategy to pay close attention to the important features you desire. Not only is this essential to the quality of life for you and your family, but it also factors into a good resale value in the future. Here are six features to carefully evaluate when searching for a new home:
A Good Location
“Location, location, location” is one of the most important rules in real estate. You always can add amenities to a home, but you cannot change a bad location. That said, if you have to choose between a home with all of the amenities and a house in a good location with only some of the amenities, always choose the home with the best location.
Think carefully about the type of lifestyle that is important to you. Do you travel often? If so, you might want a low-maintenance home and yard. Does someone in the family work at home? If so, a dedicated home office space in a quiet neighborhood might be best.
School District Ranking
If you have children, you know the importance of being in a good school district. However, even if you do not have children, it is a smart choice to have your home located in a highly-rated school district since this feature also will benefit your home’s resale value.
Open floor plans and higher ceilings are very popular. Sometimes older homes do not provide an open floor plan, however there is often the possibility removing a wall to give a house the feel of an open concept.
The Condition of the Roof
A newer roof in good condition typically means less problems for you in the next few years and can mean a lower homeowners insurance rate. So, before you even set foot inside a home, check out the roof.
The Heating and A/C System
Make sure the furnace is in good condition and that the A/C unit is large enough to cool the home. Inefficient heating and cooling systems not only can cost you more money each month but can be expensive to repair and replace.
Once you are serious about a particular house and make an offer, part of the process will be a home inspection, which will identify any specific problems that need to be addressed. However, being aware of these important features during your search is very beneficial. If you are interested in additional tips regarding qualities to look for when buying a new home, visit http://www.realtor.com/advice/buy.
For local homeowner information or to find a licensed real estate professional, contact the Sierra Nevada Realtors at 775-885-7200 or http://www.sierranevadarealtors.org. Sierra Nevada Realtors is the voice of real estate in Carson City and the surrounding areas. They are committed to building better communities throughout the region and participating in the political process to protect the industry as well as private property rights.
Leslie Cain is president of Sierra Nevada Realtors and a Realtor with RE/MAX Realty Affiliates in Carson City. Cain has been active in the real estate industry for nearly 14 years and is very passionate about the Northern Nevada community. She holds several certifications including Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) and Senior’s Real Estate Specialist (SRES). Cain can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 775-781-1386.