One of my favorite things is being able to see so many different types of homes and measure their ‘liveability’. Every home is lived in a different way. You’ve all wished a light switch was in a different spot, or your bedroom were a tad bigger. “That closet door should really be on the other side of the room,” I find myself thinking quite often.
Many times when I’m out looking at homes, my clients forget how these simple nuances can make you fall in love with a home or cause constant annoyance. So, the next time you’re out looking for a home to buy or rent-or if you’re at a friend’s house and want to play spy-check these things off your ‘liveability’ list.
- Light Switches. Check to see if the light switches are in convenient locations. Do you have to walk halfway into a dark house to find the closest switch? Is the garbage disposal switch in the garage (ok, that’s extreme)?
- Room Dimensions. One thing buyers always forget is that their bed is bigger than they think, and so is their new room. Measure your bed-post to post-before going out looking and bring a tape measure.
- Doorways. Can you get that couch downstairs? If your answer is, “There’s only one way to find out,” you might want to reconsider first. Measure doorway widths and heights.
- Appliances & Utility Devices. Is the fridge in a good spot? Can you open the door all the way? What about the heating & air, is the air intake in the living room or way down the hall, where it’s quiet?
- Sunlight. How does the sun move through the house during the day? Does it glow enough in each room? Can you grow plants and elevate moods?
- Non-Moveable Objects. Some people like having their living room arranged one way, for always. I am not one of those people. If you aren’t as well, check the room for possible combinations by noticing where doors and windows are located. These are notorious “perfect arrangement” killers.