As you search for a home to buy, there are likely going to be many different details on your home shopping wish list. In addition to finding a home that fits in your budget, you also want to make sure it doesn't need any serious repairs that will destroy your budget, and make sure it will be the right size inside and in a great area and neighborhood. So to help you out, here are some recommendations of tools to take with you as you search for a home to buy for your personal needs.
One of the most important reasons you tour through a home before you decide to buy it or not is to look for any visible problems and defects in the home, and a flashlight can help you. A flashlight will help you look under sinks, in closets, around the attic or crawlspace, and behind dark electrical panels, for example. You can use your flashlight to inspect for signs of mold growth or insect infestation. That will help you understand the quality of a home before you become more financially invested in buying it.
These details you find with the help of a flashlight will help you in negotiating the home's purchase price with the seller and ensures you don't get ripped off when you are buying your next residence. As a homeowner, you will be responsible for maintenance and upkeep on the home, so it is essential for you to know if you can financially handle the home's needed work.
A tape measure is another small tool that you can easily carry with you as you tour through homes. It can be difficult to determine what a home's actual interior space and size are, especially when the home is vacant or is furnished with furniture that is not your own. But when you take a tape measure, you can take measurements of the rooms and write them down to help you calculate your living space needs.
For example, as you walk through a home, you can use the tape measure to measure out the inside dimensions of the master suite walk-in closet to find out if your antique vanity will fit inside. Then, you can also measure the space within the bay window to see if your baby grand piano will fit within the window alcove. A tape measure is a great tool for measuring rooms and even the space around a tight-fitting staircase to see what the dimensions are and help you determine if the home is going to be a good fit for you, literally.
To learn more about touring homes for sale, contact a real estate agent in your area.