Things to dis­re­gard when house hunt­ing

Sackville Tribune - - REAL ESTATE -

When you’re shop­ping for a house, it’s easy to be dis­tracted by things that won’t make a dif­fer­ence in the long term. Here are a few things that you can eas­ily dis­re­gard in your search for the per­fect house.

Bad decor: don’t worry if the house has dusty pink walls or or­ange shag car­pet­ing. Look past the cos­met­ics and make sure the house has what you need — the right num­ber of bath­rooms and good-sized rooms. Ev­ery­thing else can be changed.

Chic fea­tures: in­stead of a high-end kitchen or bath­room, look for a house that has a solid foun­da­tion with no cracks, a roof that’s in good re­pair and a heat­ing and cool­ing sys­tem that works ef­fi­ciently. Once you have all of these things, you can make the kitchen look as fab­u­lous as your bud­get allp­pows. Af­ter all, wouldn’t you rather be choos­ing your new kitchen counter than shop­ping for a fur­nace?

A trendy neigh­bour­hood: liv­ing within walk­ing dis­tance to your favourite bars and restau­rants may sound like the ideal sit­u­a­tion, but you shouldn’t buy a house based on this. In­stead, find a lo­ca­tion in a good school district — a good sell­ing point even if you never plan on hav­ing kids.

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