How To Tell If A House Has Good bones

How to Recognize a House With Good Bones

You may have heard the phrase, "good bones" on house-hunting channels, but what does this phrase actually mean? The truth is that it really is  a statement of opinion, and is used to describe a variety of features, including exposed beams or brick, hardwood floors, high ceilings, a good roof, etc. There are a few things however that Realtors© can agree on when it comes to identifying a house with good bones.

1. Smooth Transitions Between Rooms

Walking through the home should be a breeze, and rooms should be placed adjacent to each other in terms of logical patterns of usage. For example, a bathroom should not be placed close to a dining room. Where is the privacy in that?   Bedrooms should not be next to entrances of the house to avoid issues related to conflicting sleep schedules and away from a busy kitchen or loud entertainment or TV room. Not only does an open floor plan feel more spacious and healthier air flow it also provides sunlight with an easier way to travel through the home and helps to connect your indoor spaces with the outdoor ones.

2. Lets the Light in at the Right Time of Day

It can be difficult to determine patterns of natural lighting during a short viewing, but it is essential to the enjoyment of a home to have some sun shining in the right places at the right times of the day. Bedroom windows facing East will function as an alarm clock when the sun rises each morning, and Western facing windows in the kitchen, living room, or dining room can be nice for those who want to watch the sun set while they are cooking or lounging on the sofa after the workday. When in doubt, South-facing windows are best here in the Northern Hemisphere, as light will be plentiful throughout the day.

3. Foundation, Electricity, and Plumbing in Good Shape

Although some cosmetic changes may be necessary, and expected, a DIY paint job or the removal of some wallpaper is an easy and inaffordable way to modernize any room. However a house with good bones will not have rot in the walls, cracks in the foundation, or worn-out plumbing and electrical systems. These points can not be adequately assessed during a viewing, however, and are best handled by qualified home inspection professionals.

As we stated in the opening paragraph, good bones is a matter of opinion and many buyers looking for a home that requires a bit more work see this as an opportunity to get into the market at perhaps a better price. Where most buyers shy away, many buyers with have an appetite to do a bit more work to a home. This is where it is pays to have good connections with qualified and quality tradespeople. A good Realtor© will always keep their cards close to their chest and should have a good idea of what can or can't be done to a house and when to call in the experts for the more heavy lifting.

As always, a buyer's actions should be reflective on what the market is doing. You definelty don't want to be eager and quick to move in a slow market. It's better to take your time and ensure that your purchase truly matches your willingness, ability and affordability of tackling a home that may require a bit more of an upgrade than just a simple paint job.

Talk to our specialists to see what homes in your preferred neighbourhood may be a diamond in the ruff.


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