There are a number of features that the majority of homes considered to have “good bones” share. Keep reading to find out the 10 big indicators that determine when a home has good “bones”.
1. Construction materials and foundation
Without a doubt, the first thing people mean when they say “a house has good bones” is that its foundation is solid, and its structure is sound. Without these two components, it’s hard (if not, impossible) to make the case that a house has good bones. After all, the “bones” are quite literally the home’s construction. Oftentimes, older wood frame homes built in the first half of the 20th century were actually made of higher quality wood construction than the wood frame homes built today. As a result, the lumber in an old home may be less likely to have defects such as rotting. In Florida, where hurricanes are a frequent occurrence, residents may actually consider these older wood frame homes to be more wind-resistant than the homes made of newer, engineered wood. Other home materials that are generally considered to be “good bones” also include brick and concrete.
2. Good size rooms
While square footage can certainly be added onto a home, it may be more difficult to increase the size of individual rooms – particularly bedrooms. For this reason, it’s always good if the home has rooms that are already a good size. If the ceilings are high and the house is plenty roomy, you can claim that the home has good bones.
3. A sturdy roof
Purchasing a new roof for a house is going to cost you big bucks (think possibly $25,000 or more). So, unless you’re willing to eat the cost, it’s important that the home have a durable roof that’s in good shape. A home with an in-tact roof is considered to have good bones. A proper inspection of the house should be able to tell you whether a roof is bubbling or cracking. Most high-quality roofs are made of metal, asphalt shingles, and aluminum – among other materials. If the roof is on the newer end and shows little (if not, zero) wear and tear, you can assume the house has good bones.
4. Plenty of natural light
No one wants to live in a dark, dreary home. For this reason, having ample natural light and plenty of well-constructed windows is a major plus when buying a home. To get a sense of the home’s natural light and to properly assess these “bones”, you’ll need to walk through the home in-person during different parts of the day. If the home is light and bright, you can say that the home has good bones.
How old is the plumbing and is it in good condition? These are questions that must be asked before purchasing a home. If the pipes are in good shape and the toilets, showers and other plumbing features are in good working condition, then you can be sure this home has good bones.
6. Coherent floor plan
Purchasing a fixer-upper, and then having to reconfigure the entire floor plan is not ideal (and definitely expensive!). Therefore, it’s better if the house already has a coherent floor plan. It’s especially important that the kitchen and bathroom be laid out well, as moving a home’s plumbing and electrical infrastructure can be challenging. If the home’s existing floor plan has a good flow, then the house may be considered to have good bones.
7. Good lot and location
You can change a lot about a house, but you can’t change its location or the size of its lot. After all, real estate is all about “location, location, location.” If the home is situated in an ideal neighborhood on a good size lot, you can say that it has good bones.
While damaged or low-quality floors aren’t necessarily a deal-breaker, they are considered to be part of the “bones” of the home. Given that real wood floors are quite expensive to replace, it’s always a huge bonus when the house has good flooring. All a homeowner needs to do is sand them down, add a stain and voila! The floors are as good as new. If a home’s floors are capable of being restored to their former glory, you can consider the house to have good bones.
9. Unique, charming details
Oftentimes, home buyers adore old, fixer-upper homes for their unique charms and historic features. These details may include crown molding, exposed wooden beams, wainscoting, vintage wallpaper and antique hardware. If you consider these features to be important in a home, then you can say the house has good bones.
10. Bonus room
Whether it’s a mother-in-law apartment with rental income potential or an oversized basement with extra storage space, a home with a bonus room is always a big advantage. Not only is it good for resale value, but it’s also an added convenience for the residents. If the home has a bonus room, you can claim it has good bones.
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