Figuring out exactly what you want in a home can be daunting, so we’re here to help! We’ve compiled a list of 15 things to look for in a home, some of which you probably haven’t even considered. These range from indoor to outdoor features and amenities; so take a look and discover some hidden gems you should look for when house hunting!

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Views from the home are never underrated. If a house boasts gorgeous views of a natural setting or a pretty skyline, you’ll appreciate them every day you live in that home.

2.     Neighborhood

As is the popular saying in real estate, it’s all about location, location, location. This is especially true of one’s neighborhood. Think about it: this is where you’ll be spending the majority of your time and possibly where you’ll be raising kids.

3.     Schools

If you do plan on having children, school quality is important. A great education is something all parents want for their children, so make sure to research school quality before making a decision.

4.     Roof

Roofs are expensive to replace, so the newer the home’s roof, the better.

5.     Size

Make sure your home is the right size—you don’t want to pay for a home that’s too big and you don’t want to cram your family and possessions into a home that’s too small. Your best bet is to look for a home with three to four bedrooms.

6.     Outdoor Space

Look for a home that offers a good amount of green, outdoor living space, whether it’s a large yard or an adjacent plot of open land.

7.     Kitchen

This is where families spend a considerable amount of time, so make sure the kitchen has newer, well maintained appliances and countertops. Granite countertops are a definite plus.

8.     Closets

Closets should be spacious and well-finished.

9.     Storage

Storage space is a must in a home, so make sure there’s a good balance between the open space of the floor plan and sufficient storage space for your things.

10.   Finishes & Materials

Pay attention to the type of finishes and materials you should expect at your price point. Wood flooring in the living spaces and granite in the kitchen are common in higher-end homes, while vinyl flooring, lower end carpet and plastic laminate counters are characteristic of less expensive homes.

11.   Ceiling

Ceilings free of water spots or cracks are essential. These could be a sign of leaking or structural damage in the home.

12.   Windows

Make sure the type of windows and amount of lighting in the home matches your lifestyle. This really depends on if you prefer privacy or bright, sunny rooms.

13.   Laundry Room

This is good to have in your home, so keep this in mind as a desirable feature, especially if you plan to sell in the future.

14.   Mud Room

Another great feature for resale, mud rooms are especially coveted in areas with wet, snowy winters.

15.   Corner Lot

A corner lot means more space, normally both inside and outside of the home.


Any additional features or amenities that we missed? Let us know in the comments!


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