Whether it’s your first time or your hundredth time buying a house, there are some incredibly important things to consider before you close the deal. If you’re not sure where to start, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Don’t let the details of the home-buying process overshadow your excitement. Follow our checklist of things to look for when buying a home, and take one step closer to the property of your dreams. For additional real estate help, contact our expert team of Realtors at Shoreline OBX today!

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7 Things to Look for When Buying a Home

When it comes to buying a home, knowing what to look for or what questions to ask are both extremely important. Here are a few of our suggestions for where to focus your energy while touring or looking at prospective houses.


Make sure you are looking in areas that have easy access to places that you’ll need to go on a regular basis. It’s also important to consider your personal preferences. Where do you like to shop? Do you want to be near the beach? What are some of the area’s most exciting attractions? Finding the perfect house is almost synonymous with finding the perfect community to live in.

Foundation and Structure

It doesn’t matter if your house is new or old. Checking out the structural stability of your house is extremely important. Older houses will be more likely to have structural damage, but getting a professional to check out the foundation of the house is recommended even in newer homes.


Utilities can be costly when they aren’t functioning properly or are outdated. Make sure the home has newer appliances, as inefficient appliances can significantly drive up your utility costs. While touring, don’t be afraid to turn on faucets, light fixtures, and showers to make sure everything is working properly.

Signs of Pests

If you think a home might be susceptible to insects like termites, don’t hesitate to have someone to assess the house. Infestations from insects like termites can destroy a home’s interior and damage the foundation and are tough to spot at first.


Don’t forget to check below the surface when you’re looking at a new house. Things like sinks and toilets can seem fine on the surface but are hard to evaluate without checking the pipes. Evaluate under sinks for things like damages, leaks, and mold. Your nose is often your best tool when assessing the ability of your home’s plumbing.


A properly insulated home is more than just a comfort concern. The right insulation can save you an incredible amount of money. It may be expensive to implement things like double-paned windows, but the investment is worth the money in the long run.

Professional Home Inspection

Once you’ve found a home that seems like a perfect fit, get a professional home inspection done to confirm your own assessment. Almost every house has some sort of ailment that needs to be fixed at some point, but it’s important to make sure that something costly isn’t hiding beneath the surface.

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