As you’re shopping for homes in Metro DC, you’re likely taking note of features like paint color, flooring, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms and even yard size. These are all essential in determining whether a property is for you, but there are also a few others that should ultimately raise red flags and cause you to move on to the next home in your search.
With decades of experience in helping buyers in Washington DC, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Northern Virginia and the surrounding areas find their dream homes, we have included three deal breakers below to ensure you’re not purchasing a Metro DC home that will be a source of stress later.
Cosmetic elements like paint colors and flooring can easily be changed, but altering the floor plan of a home may not be in the cards— and may be extremely costly. For instance, a small, enclosed kitchen is not ideal for many homebuyers and opening up the space into the living room oftentimes requires a large budget, construction crew and installing overhead beams to re-distribute the weight of the home. If you love only certain aspects of the home, but the floor plan is not for you, move on.
Many times homebuyers think they find “the one” in terms of updates, floor plan and square footage, but the location leaves much to be desired. Homes that are located near major highways, busy intersections or even next to shopping centers can be valued much lower than similar properties away from the hustle and bustle. If you’re considering the home for the school district, you’ll want to weigh the pros and cons of the area before deciding, otherwise, it’s best to keep looking.
Older homes tend to have different placement on their lot than newer homes— for example, close to the street, in busy areas, or on corner lots. If you prefer to have more privacy with a home set back on the lot, or in a place where you don’t need to drive by your neighbor’s home to get to yours, you’ll want to pass on these ill-placed homes. Not only will it affect the value, but it may keep you from feeling truly at home.
Do you have questions about buying a home in the Washington DC area or what should make or break a deal? Contact The Estridge Group today to discuss available properties in the Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Washington DC, Northern Virginia areas and beyond!