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What To Look For When Buying A Large Home In The Countryside

You’ve worked hard all your life, and you’re finally going to buy that dream home in the country. You mustn’t forget about the important details you should be on the lookout for when accessing a property. Everyone’s requirements are different, whether it be the overall size of the home, how many bedrooms it has, how spacious the garden is, the size of the garage, the quality of the neighborhood, the welcome and thriving community, etc. Sometimes, however, you need a guide to make use of your eagle eye, and make sure you know what you’re looking for.

The exterior

Does the location suit your need? If you’re still working, you should calculate the commuting time it would take to get to work. Typically eastern and northern parts of the house will be bearing the brunt of the sun, therefore hotter. The northern part of the home will be considerably cooler and due to the lack of sunlight, will be naturally darker. Ask the real estate agent which face of the house is facing which way; alternatively smartphones have compass apps which can determine this for you. Is the style up to your standard and taste? Color, amount and size of windows is normally the first thing that hits you. The front door of a large home should be an authoritative statement.

Practical space

Companies like Howard Hanna advertise large country homes that come with ample storage space and plenty of plug sockets; nothing worse than dragging around a vacuum not having enough plugs to use it in all parts of all rooms. The aforementioned points are especially important for a growing family. The loft is always something you should view. Not only do you get a scope for the structural integrity and design of the roof, but it’s another potential storage space.

Make sure the rooms are big enough for you and your family. Compare sizes with a rival home and don’t just have one standard, because some rooms are going to be different due to the wider design of the home, e.g. the living room may be large, but the kitchen small, and vice versa for another home. Calculate the space your furniture will take up and how much useable space you have left.

Scoping the local area

What is the local area like for crime stats? Is the property close to a main road, or does a small path lead up to the entrance, in other words how accessible is it? Are you nearby a lake or river and how likely do local authorities think it will flood every year? How could a flood impact your home?

What are the neighbors like? You’ll be meeting some of them at the local bar or restaurant so it’s good to have a jovial daily rapport with those living close by you. Every home must keep a regular stock of the essentials like milk, bread, cheese and bacon so what kind of shops and stores are a relatively short drive away? Can mail and packages come to the home via the national or regional post service? These are all things that are a part of your daily life so keep these questions handy with you and tick them off one by one during a tour.