Important Things to Look for in a Home
Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Whether you are a first-time home buyer or looking to invest in your second one, you always need to consider a few basic things to make sure it’s desirable and worth the investment. Let's take a look at the important things you need to check while buying a home: 

Neighbourhood

·         Talk to those who live in the area so you can get information such as the crime rate, friendliness of people, standard of living and so on.

·         If you have children, check for quality of educational institutes in the vicinity.

·         Tally the amount of time it takes to get to your office or workplace from this new address.

·         Also check if the locality has good infrastructure such as good roads, flyovers, connectivity to prime areas of the city/town, good hospitals, retail outlets, entertainment zones, etc. 

Amenities and Specifications 

·         In case of resale properties, check for possible leaks and cracks in the ceiling and walls of the house.

·         Check the quality of bathroom specifications such as plumbing fixtures, shower/tub, etc.

·         Inspect the doors and windows to see if they are working properly.

·         Check for amenities such as landscaped areas, club house, children’s play area, jogging track, parking facilities, security, etc.

·         Check for civic amenities such as water, electricity, etc. in the community and the area. 

Layout and Structure 

·         Think about whether you need a 2, 3 or 4 BHK home, how the space will be utilized and if it will fit your lifestyle now and in the future.

·         Ensure the house accommodates your lifestyle. For instance, if you have children, think about whether you will be able to childproof the home.

·         A home should have sufficent storage space to manage your posessions. Check if there is space to furnish your home appropriately, with essentials such as shelves or wall-units.

·       Check which direction the home faces. A home designed according to vaastu-shastra is considered to bring in luck and prosperity. Also, see if there is enough natural light and wind coming inside the house. 

So, whether you are buying a new home or a resale one, these tips will get you through the first inspection. Happy house hunting!