So you're looking at houses in San Diego? That's exciting!
When touring a house, it's easy to get overwhelmed. The key to looking at prospective homes is to know what to look for, both good and bad.
Some issues can be easily fixed. Others, like location or bad foundation, can't.
Be on the lookout for the following the next time you are viewing a home.
1. Mold and Water Damage
Take a look at the walls and ceiling. Is the paint bubbling up or are there signs of mold? This is most commonly found in bathrooms or near the kitchen.
Additionally, if you are interested in the rest of the house, take a look at the basement. If there is any water down there, that signals a big problem.
2. Cracks in the Wall
Looking at the walls again, are there any apparent cracks? Cracks point to poor foundation and movement.
California is prone to frequent earthquakes. Because of this, your home needs to have a strong foundation.
3. Windows and Natural Light
It's good to check out properties during the day so that you can see how much natural light each room gets. Natural light boosts your mood and can also save you on electricity.
More so, look at the windows. Make sure they open, shut, and lock properly. Get an even closer look to make sure they aren't askew, as window replacements can be expensive.
4. Recent Renovations
Do the walls have a fresh coat of paint? This can signal that the home is well taken care of, or the sellers could be hiding something. Get to the bottom of it!
What about the kitchen and bathrooms? Are they recently upgraded are well you have to pay out more money to get the exact appliances you want?
5. Location, Location, Location
Sure, you can fix the above issues with time and money. But the one thing you can never change about a property is its location.
Here are a few questions to consider when thinking about a potential home's location:
- What school district is it in?
- What's the neighborhood like?
- How close are the other houses?
- Is there a gate to get into the neighborhood?
- How close is the nearest grocery store?
- What is your commute like to work?
- How close is the nearest main road or freeway?
- Is there an airport nearby? Will you stay up all night because of the airplanes flying overhead?
While your potential home might not check off all the boxes, also consider what you're willing the budge on. Are you okay with driving an extra 10 minutes to work just so that your other points of interest (the beach, grocery store, movie theater, etc.) are closer?
Finals Thoughts When Viewing a Home in San Diego
Moving and looking for a new home can be both an excited and nerve-wracking experience. Keep these points in mind the next time you are viewing a home.
When it comes down to it, go with your gut. After touring multiple open houses, when the right one comes along, you'll know it's the one.
Want help finding your dream home in San Diego? Reach out to Team Steal San Diego Homes and we'll help you locate your next home.