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What to Look For When You're House Hunting

by Molly Eovino 10/27/2019

Shopping for a new house can seem like an overwhelming experience because there are so many factors to consider.

The top priorities for the majority of house hunters include the quality of the school district, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and the overall condition of the house. Price is also a major consideration, as is square footage, commuting distance, and the character of the neighborhood.

In many cases, house hunters have specific requirements in mind, ranging from privacy to the layout of the rooms.

Although your search will be much more efficient if you know exactly what you want, the process of looking at houses will help you clarify your preferences, needs, and design ideas for your next home. Touring houses online and browsing home decorating websites can give you a lot of useful ideas, but nothing compares to actually visiting houses and taking a close look at everything the property has to offer.

Working with an experienced real estate agent is often the best way to find a home that checks off most of your priority items and meets your expectations. Searching the real estate market on your own is like going on a self-guided tour of a large historical site or tourist attraction. Without expert guidance, you could easily overlook some of the best aspects of the property, and you could also miss some "red flags" and negotiating opportunities that only a trained real estate professional could recognize.

Other than price, location, size, and property condition, what are other key features you might want to keep your eye out for? Everyone has different priorities and "wish lists," but when you know what you want, you'll be a lot more likely to be satisfied with the outcome! While there is no shortage of house hunting checklists online, here's a quick overview of some of the features and property characteristics you'll want to keep in mind.

Although you'll generally want to have a home inspector take a close look at any home you've made an offer on, there are a few key things you can notice before you even get to that stage. The condition of interior walls, the roof, and basement are three areas worth paying close attention to. Wet basements are not uncommon, but they can cause damage to your foundation and many things you might want to store there. Wet basements are also breeding grounds for mold spores, so a chronically wet basement can potentially be hazardous to your health, too -- especially if you or your family is prone to allergies, asthma, and other respiratory conditions. The Environmental Protection Agency is a good source of information on indoor air quality issues.

There are literally dozens of other details you'll want to pay attention to in prospective homes, including amount of storage space, the size of the back yard, privacy -- or the lack, thereof -- the house's distance from the street and other houses, the neighborhood noise level, the amount of street traffic, the reputation of nearby schools, and convenience to shopping centers, medical facilities, transportation, recreation, and entertainment. Other desirable features include a nice patio or deck, a garage, a fully functional HVAC system, updates to bathrooms and the kitchen, and enough room in the house for your growing family, overnight guests, and the occasional holiday party.

About the Author
Author

Molly Eovino

Except for a short time, I was a permanent resident in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The heart of the Midwest!  I visited Naples for 30 years, as my parents lived here, watching the community grow from a fishing village to a destination in SW Florida. When my last college bound child hit the University of Iowa in 2001, I hit the road!

I brought with me over a decade of experience in Real Estate, excellent education, and a broad range of interests to jump into the Naples scene with gusto! I "speak" golf and tennis, theater and location/mapping!

In Naples, you will find that nearly everyone is from somewhere else! As a result, your friendships will span the nation and globe, with immediate contacts in England, Germany, France, the East Coast, and the Midwest! Once visitors have experienced Naples, they want to call it home, and then "visit" where they originate from! I am no different, and have tried to learn as much about the town and all it´s history and activities to feel like a native!

I promise you a city tour to help you fall in love with the flavor of Southwest Florida, from the lure of the beaches, morning and sunset, to the different types of golf (equity or bundled). May I interest you in the gourmet flavors that abound, from food to entertainment?

As an active community volunteer in Iowa, I worked on Junior League fundraising events, the Cancer Crusade, March of Dimes, and Kidney foundation drives, and was extremely active in the school committees involving sports (football,basketball, track); cheerleading; and 4 years of show choir productions, Concert Choir, and Madrigal Singers!

Naples has already found a nitch for me in the Naples Players Theater, where I volunteer as a backstage dresser to advance their enthusiastic cause!  I just haven´t gotten on stage...  Growing up in a musical environment,Broadway shows in Naples keep me humming.

The Naples Children & Education Foundation draws my heartfelt attention& volunteer hours  from summer months to the annual Naples Winter Wine Festival in late January.  Their mission statement "supports effective, disciplined charitable programs that significantly improve the physical, emotional and educational lives of underprivileged and at-riskchildren in Collier County, Florida".  As a non-profit organization,the wine festival raised nearly $12 million during the 2019 event! From helping with mailings, to what I call the "quilting table of many hands" for events, I've met many like-minded friends, who believe it's all about the kids!

My educational background spans a multitude of areas, but now they all concentrate on improving my real estate performance. It includes:
BA degrees in Psychology & Vocational Rehabilitation from the University of Northern Colorado.
Mediation Seminars for the Iowa Farmer-Creditor Mediation Services.
Real Estate License in Iowa, REALTOR® 1988
Graduate of the Realtor´s Institute (GRI) 1992
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) 1994
Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) 1999-2018
Licensed Broker-Associate, Florida, 2001
Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) 2009
Certified Investor Agent Specialist (CIAS) 2012
Resort & Second Home Property Specialist (RSPS) 2016

As you can tell by my "personal resume", we will become friends as well as business associates. I enjoy teaching my customers Real Estate-ese so that you can make an educated decision regarding your first or second home, or your new rental property. The market in Naples is excellent, and truly is a beautiful Paradise! With year-round tropical temperatures and deep blue skies, I hope that you will agree that I provide

"Midwest warmth in the Naples sunshine"!