You’re a bonafide open-house warrior. You’ve seen all the places, clicked pics and shot video, sent a few Snapchats, made pros-and-cons lists. You know these homes like the back of your hand.
Or do you?
It might seem safe to assume your new home will come with all the essentials, but house hunting is a blur and it’s painfully easy to overlook the small things. Sometimes even the big things. Now that you’ve made an offer, do you really know what you’re getting?
In the kitchen
It doesn’t take a lot for a kitchen to work smoothly, but if you’re missing a few key items you’ll wind up miserable.
Make sure the space has all the time-saving gadgets you need, including (but not limited to) the following:
Proper ventilation (preferably in the form of a range hood)
If the seller or builder is providing appliances, make sure that means everything, including the microwave.
“Microwaves are easily overlooked, because a vent hood can take its place,” says Chandler Crouch, broker in Fort Worth, TX.
And don’t assume everything you see is included.
“See that nice island? Double-check to make sure it’s permanent,” Crouch says.
In the bathroom
No, the bathroom won’t look exactly the same when you move in, and this may largely be a good thing. Most sellers will take the shower curtains, shower heads, and possibly the lightbulbs when they head for greener pastures. Still, some features should stay in place.
Check for these items in your new home:
Toilet paper holders
Shower curtain rod (maybe give it a good tug to make sure it’s sturdy)
Also, test the ventilation system. Make sure it works, and listen for any loud pops or pings that might indicate a problem. You’ll thank us later.
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