January 10, 2012
When shopping for and buying a home, one way to narrow down a search is to consider what aspects of a given property can or cannot be changed. For example, if a family wants yard space for children to play in, that may limit their prospects.
If money is unlimited, then the only thing that truly cannot be changed is the property's location so this is the best place to start in narrowing down homes for sale.
Prospective buyers may want to consider what they will see when they look out the windows, how far away various shopping and other destinations are and similar facts. Because the homeowner generally has no direct control over such factors, they can serve to narrow down possibilities.
Practically speaking, there are other potential limitations, such as the presence or absence of a garage or other parking accommodations. If a home has a front or back yard, a porch a garden or other outdoor amenities, that is worth considering. If not, buyers should consider whether there is enough room to add such features after purchase, and weigh their importance.
One example of a practical limitation is a swimming pool. Considered desirable by some, they take up a certain amount of space. If prospective buyers are willing and able to pay for installation themselves, they need not find a home that already has one, but they do have to select a property with enough space for one.
The home itself is also important. The roof, siding, windows, exterior paint and doors can be altered, but there is a price for doing so. If the current exterior is unattractive, then the cost of changing it may be prohibitively high or the process more inconvenience than it is worth.
Bankrate.com notes that prospective home buyers may wish to focus their attention on a home's floor plan when walking through. This can be difficult, since colors and other factors may be more immediately obvious, especially in an occupied home filled with furniture and other items belonging to the current owners.
Such items will not be there permanently, however. New carpets, floors and colors on the walls are all relatively convenient changes to make to a home. The floor plan, on the other hand, cannot be altered without major reconstruction.