Whether you’re a first-time house buyer, or
someone who’s lived in many homes, you can never tell whether the layout is
practical or not before spending some time at that place. Unless you’re an
expert, you’re going to need at least some guidelines when buying private
property – it is probably the largest investment a person makes in their
lifetime. The list that follows will tell you exactly what to look for and what
The entrance and hallway of your home will
greatly influence the first
impression of your potential buyers which is not always a good thing. You
might not be aware of it, but buyers make up their minds about a home within
the first couple of seconds upon
entering. That’s why you should keep in mind that, for instance, long, narrow
and dark hallways are definitely huge turnoffs especially if the hallway is the
only thing you can see upon entrance. Also, this home layout will feel far from
warm and cozy once you move in.
Nobody wants to be able to see your bed
while eating or hanging out in the living room. During the house tour, you
might not even realize just how bad this layout really is, but a bedroom door
that leads directly to a room where your family members and guests gather is
extremely undesirable. Why? Well, apart from the fact that this will significantly
reduce your privacy, there’s also the noise factor that’s going to turn into a
constant, yet unfixable problem.
When checking out a property, pay special
attention to the amount of natural light in the rooms. For example, if it’s
sunny outside, you might not notice that the windows are badly-placed.
Furthermore, a windowless bathroom or kitchen will completely ruin the feel,
and no matter how good you are at strategically placing the mirrors throughout
the home, things will never come close to a properly lit area.
Turn all the lighting fixtures off when browsing and pay special attention to
areas that seem like they aren’t properly lit.
A kitchen is definitely one of the most
important rooms in any house, which every expert buyer’s agent will
agree with. Aside from making sure that this room is properly lit, you need to
pay attention to two additional key points. First, a kitchen should be spacious
- unless you feel the need to say “this thing is massive” while browsing, the
home is most likely a no-go. Second, look for well-placed cabinetry – even if a
kitchen truly is enormous, a couple of inappropriately arranged cabinets can
really make placing the fridge and other appliances a true nightmare.
Here’s what an open-floor plan
is, just in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade: a vast
common space that comprises the kitchen, the dining room and the living room,
without making the sub-areas feel like separate rooms. So, how are the three
separated? Well, by using different decorations, separators that don’t fully
divide the rooms and by painting the areas in different, yet matching colors.
The biggest mistake you can make here is actually crossing off a house from
your list, just because the open-floor area seems too broad. After you’ve moved
in, it is extremely easy to make the “rooms” in an open-floor plan feel separate.