What to Look for When House Hunting

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Neal Elbaum is a real estate agent working in Queens and Long Island, New York. In this presentation, Neal shares some of his extensive knowledge about what to look for when viewing a potential new home.

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<ul><li> 1. What to Look for When Hun/ng for Your Home </li> <li> 2. Searching for a new home is quite the undertaking. There is a laundry list of things to keep in mind when viewing a poten/al new house (laundry room included). </li> <li> 3. Frequently you are looking at several homes in a single day and the process can be overwhelming to say the lease. </li> <li> 4. Here is a list of several expensive facets of a home to pay extra aEen/on to: </li> <li> 5. Basement </li> <li> 6. The extra storage and living space that a basement can provide are aErac/ve, but the risk of flooding should give you pause. </li> <li> 7. When looking in the basement check for signs of water damage and inquiry about previous floods. </li> <li> 8. Also, many houses have system for removing water already installed. </li> <li> 9. Roof </li> <li> 10. The roof can be an extremely expensive feature of a house to do maintenance on. </li> <li> 11. Check the roof thoroughly before buying. </li> <li> 12. Head to aMc and see if you can spot any signs of water damage or if any light is coming through. </li> <li> 13. Pay aEen/on to skylights, as well. </li> <li> 14. You should be able to spot signs of leakage rela/vely easily. </li> <li> 15. On the exterior, search the roof for any cracked or missing shingles. </li> <li> 16. Bathrooms </li> <li> 17. Bathrooms are amongst the most expensive areas to renovate in a home, so you will want to make sure that the WCs in your poten/al new home are up to your standard. </li> <li> 18. Check all the fixtures and the plumbing for signs of leakage or any damage caused by water. </li> <li> 19. Kitchen </li> <li> 20. For many, the kitchen is the heart of the home, so you want to take extra care to inspect the kitchen before commiMng to a house. </li> <li> 21. It is also the most expensive area to renovate over the pass 5 years, the average cost of remodeling a kitchen rose to $28,030.The most expensive features to replace are the floors, cabinets, appliances and counters. </li> <li> 22. The newer the appliances, the more efficient they will be and the less you may have to spend on repairs. </li> <li> 23. Hard wood cabinets, hard countertops and hard wood floors will all last longer than their more flimsy counterparts. </li> <li> 24. Make sure the kitchen is quality and up to your living standards. </li> <li> 25. We are barely cracking the surface when it comes to checking out poten/al new homes. </li> <li> 26. The above /ps are only for the actually home itself and dont begin to discuss the importance of geMng to know neighborhood you may move to. </li> <li> 27. But we have to start somewhere! The biggest advantage you can have is a real estate agent who is invested in your happiness. </li> <li> 28. If you are searching for a home in the Queens or Long Island areas of New York, Neal Elbaum is your man. </li> <li> 29. Neal is a passionate and detail oriented. </li> <li> 30. Work with Neal Elbaum and you wont be disappointed. </li> </ul>