Things to Look for when Viewing A House

In life there are plenty of big decisions a person will eventually have to make, and one of the biggest decisions is made when you decide to buy a home. If you’re looking for Las Sendas homes for sale in Arizona, and whether you are a first time home buyer or just looking to settle into something new, there is a lot to know during the process. We are here to help you know what to look for while viewing a house when engaged in the buying process. To make sure you’re getting the home of your dreams for the best price, it is wise to know and be prepared in order to make a positive difference. We are your number one Arizona realtor and we are here to show you how to achieve your dreams.

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So what exactly do you look for when you are viewing a home? We polled our agents and asked them how they would advise potential homeowners viewing a home. Here are the results:

1. Pay attention to the orientation of the house.

You need to pay attention to which direction the home is facing. Is it facing east, west, north or south? The answer can mean a few different things for you if you were to own the Arizona home. First, the direction that your home faces determines just how much of the sun’s light gets into the house. The amount of light coming into a home directly affects what your cooling and heating bill is going to be. So it’s important. Of course, the orientation of a home varies greatly based on where the home is located, but in Arizona and the Phoenix area this is something that requires serious attention. For example, many people prefer a home facing north to south in Arizona. This is because the sun sets from east to west and as a result the sun will, at some point throughout the day, be shining straight into your home, heating it up. But there is no perfect orientation, it’s up to you to decide what you prefer. And if the home isn’t facing the direction you’d like it to then we suggest taking into account the placement of trees or patio covers and how they affect the sunlight.

2. Do you smell anything?

It may seem pretty obvious, but pay attention to the little smells too. Not all smells are equal and each one can be an indicator of one problem or another. The top two smells to try and be aware of are damp odors and sewage. These could be indications of water leaks and problems with the plumbing, which can prove to be expensive for a new Arizona homeowner. Other times it could just be poor ventilation that is behind those smells, but it’s best to keep your guard up to avoid major problems. Problem areas for homes tend to be in the kitchen and bathrooms as they are known to occasionally hold in damp air if there are not enough windows or ventilation fans. As for the sewage smell, sometimes it’s as simple as blocked up pipes, which is a relatively easy fix. A plumber could have the job done in no time. On the other hand, if you smell things like pets or cigarette smoke then you could be looking a having to replace the carpet if they’re bad enough. And that’s more money out of your pocket.

3. Does any part of the house require a serious remodel?

The most expensive rooms in a home to remodel are consistently the bathroom and the kitchen. As your local Arizona realtor we are here to let you know that there are quite a few things to keep an eye out for in order to protect yourself from having to pay expensive, unexpected remodeling costs. Let’s start with the kitchen. Be sure to keep an eye on the flooring, counters, appliances and cabinets. Cabinets in particular are expensive to install or replace, so it would be beneficial if the current cabinets were up to snuff. Is there enough storage space available in the kitchen? Or are you going to have to add space through remodeling? When looking at the countertops you’re looking for whether they are a solid surface or if they are made from laminate. Laminate is known to chip and could cost more in the long run.veiwing house If the home is coming with appliances then be sure to thoroughly check them to see if they’re in working order or if they are something that is going to need to be replaced in the near future. In particular the refrigerator, which can be pricey to replace. In the bathroom be on guard for leaks and cracks above all else. Remember to check the sink, tub, toilet and especially the pipes. If there are problems, those are guaranteed to cost you a pretty penny.

You can count on Coldwell Banker, your number one East Mesa realtor, to help steer you in the right direction when it’s time to buy a home. We are experts when it comes to sizing up potential properties. So if you’re looking for homes for sale in Arizona, give us a call and let us show you how we can help you achieve your goals.

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Mesa, AZ 85215

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