What Do I Need To Be Aware Of When Buying A Home?

When you’re purchasing a home, there are a number of things to be aware of, and if you’re not aware of them, it can lead to a disaster later on. If you’ve ever seen an episode of “House Hunters” before, you might have noticed that they always have an open floor plan, hardwood floors, a nice sized yard, a big bedroom, and a luxurious kitchen. Another thing you might have noticed is that they have windows that let in a lot of natural light. Sometimes when you purchase an older home, windows need to be replaced, and finding a reputable windows company can go a long way in ensuring your windows will be energy-efficient and aesthetically pleasing.

Purchasing a home is one of the largest purchases people make in their lives. Because of that, you’ll want to do your homework so you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into.

Checklist For Purchasing A New Home

Both realtors and sellers know what to do to get a house sold quickly. When you go to look at a home that’s for sale, it will most likely be in pristine condition. It might have just been recently renovated, fixed, and re-designed with new elements. Sellers go to extreme lengths to renovate homes in a way that will capture a buyer’s attention. They tend to stick with current design trends and styles.

Beyond just the aesthetic appeal of a new home renovation, there are many other things you need to keep in mind when you’re considering purchasing a home.

The Location

There are many things you can change about a home, but you can’t change the location of it. The neighborhood in which you’re purchasing should be at the top of your list of things to consider. You’ll want your home to be located in an area that you enjoy. While the location is a large factor to keep in mind, there are other things that are as nearly as important.

Proximity Of The Home To Stores

You’ll want to be aware of how close your home is to retail stores and areas that you need to go to on a daily basis. No one wants to be driving an hour to pick up a couple of groceries, and purchasing a home that is near your favorite retail stores can be a good decision.


Another thing to keep in mind is the transportation around the area of the potential home. How long will it take you to drive to work every day? If you don’t have a car, is there a good bus route that doesn’t take too long to get to work? How long will your walk to the bus stop be? How long will the bus ride be to work? When you’re seriously considering purchasing a home, make sure you know how long it takes you to drive to work. 

Lot Of The Home

Take a long and close look at the lot where your home is sitting. Is it facing in a direction that works for you? Are there neighbors right beside you? Are the windows in your home facing theirs? Do you think you’ll be dealing with privacy issues later down the road? Is the home situated on a hill with a steep slant? Do you have to climb any stairs to enter the home? Always take a good walk around the home to make sure everything is convenient for your needs.


If you have a lot of belongings, you’ll want to find a home that has a good amount of storage space. The layout of a home is a very important thing to keep in mind, and storage requirements go a long way in reducing the amount of clutter in a home. Simply looking inside all of the closets in the home can bring greater peace of mind in informing you if there will be enough space for all of the clothes and products you have. Some other questions related to storage that you should ask are:

  • How many closets are scattered throughout the home?
  • Are the closets inconvenient places?
  • How much storage is in the kitchen and bathroom cabinetry?
  • Does the home have an attic?
  • Is there much storage room in the basement?
  • Is there a garage where vehicles, bikes, lawnmowers, and tools can be stored?
  • Is there a shed on the property?

If you don’t think there is enough storage space for all of your belongings, this can be a make-or-break factor that will prevent you from purchasing the home. Homes that don’t have a lot of storage for all of your needs can be frustrating, and no one wants to start throwing things out because of a lack of storage space.

Kitchen Set Up

A luxurious kitchen setup is always a bonus for homes that you’re considering. No one wants to purchase a home that has a kitchen layout that isn’t properly designed. A kitchen is where you’ll be preparing meals and spending a lot of your time. Because of that, you’ll want one that works for you. The kitchen work triangle is the most efficient kitchen design, and a good kitchen triangle means you won’t be traveling very far to cook in the kitchen. It always helps to bring along a tape measure when you’re looking at potential homes. You shouldn’t be having to move more than four to nine feet between workstations.

Natural Light

Another thing to keep in mind is the natural light throughout the home. You’ll typically want to visit a home on a bright and sunny day. This will give you a better idea of how much natural light gets in the home and at what times of the day. Sometimes it’s worth visiting the home a second time at a different time of the day than when you visited it the first time. Check to see if each window is allowing a good amount of natural light into it. 

In addition, check to see if the electrical outlets are located in convenient areas so that you can set up lights in locations where there isn’t enough natural light. Many people don’t give natural lighting much thought and then later experience regrets when they notice that there isn’t much light flowing into their home.

For more information on how windows can provide natural light, contact Canglow Windows & Doors today.