How To Choose The Right House?

When you made the decision to purchase a house and you have got the financial responsibility settled, you are in the most delicate point in the process: choosing the best place for you, which is the house to cover in the best way your present and future needs.

Preparations before choosing a house

Considering that you will invest significant amount of money, it is just right that you will make a lot of preparation in choosing your perfect home. The first step in your home search is to make a list of priorities to help you determine: space, location, functionality and even the appearance of the house that you want for the next first three to five years.

While it is normal to gradually make the house adapt to your taste and give it an identity, you must not lose sight of that great changes and new equipment and finishes that you dream of for your house as they will come after many months or even years.

Make a list of your desires, containing all the qualities you’re looking for such as the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, if you need a patio or not, a place to hang clothes, zen garden, amenities, size and finishes kitchen, parking, etc.

Organize your priorities according to your housing needs then print your checklist. With this format, you can take note of every detail of the homes you visit and have a complete panorama of the properties that are closer to the house of your dreams.

A quality house

It is important not to define your purchase based on a wonderful first impression. Remember that a beautiful home is not necessarily of good quality.

The quality of finishes such as floors, bathrooms and kitchen equipment; material doors and ironwork can give you a good or a bad first impression, but the actual quality of a house is its stability and tightness, that is to have a strong and water isolated structure. Of course, it is difficult to know if the builders did their job well and completed the project according to plan. However, there are signs that can give you an idea about the build quality of the house such as a water stain on walls, ceiling joints, wall, and floor. A visible foundation settlement with horizontal cracks, a leak or fissure are lookout points on the durability of the property. If you see one or more of these conditions, beware. Check it again with an expert such as a plumber, electrician, architect or engineer.

If your specialists recommend that the issues are solvable, ask for a quote and put on the negotiating table to achieve an improvement in price that allows you to quickly address these deficiencies, in case you decide which is the property you are looking for.

Recommendations for the selection process

It is recommended you do not see more than five properties per day. Although you will be full of energy and excitement during the first couple of visits, fatigue will wear you down after few house visits.

To reach the ideal home, visit 15 to 20 properties, then make a list of the 10 most attractive. With this top 10, filters the most attractive then reduces the list to three, according to your criteria.

When your list bed is reduced to three, visit those houses again at least 2 to 3 times, to analyze more detailed aspects.

During the first appointment, check the dimensions of each room, general physical condition of floors, walls, furniture, bathroom and kitchen.

On the second visit, inspect the electrical outlets, faucets, state tiles, closets, and carpets. Make this visit during different times of the day so that you can check how loud the house and neighborhood can get.

On the third visit, with analysis of the property in hand, you can negotiate the price. Ask for discount for renovations and furniture that needs to be replaced such as lamps, curtains and some furniture. It is recommended that you visit on different days and times.

You are now ready to decide which house most attracts you and you are ready to negotiate the price and begin the process of purchase.

The Importance Of House Orientation

One of the most important though sometimes neglected characteristics of a house is its orientation to the sun. The orientation of walls and windows of a building greatly influences the energy consumption and saving. The bioclimatic architecture is adapted to the environment, sensitive to the impact it causes in nature, environment, minimize energy consumption and it turns reduce environmental pollution.

Choosing the best direction

When an architect starts thinking about a new home, he should consider the house orientation as one of its fundamental properties. The area and environment will also have a great influence on the direction of the house. Some factors to consider are whether the area is warm or cold, the dominant winds, the natural terrain such as mountains, rivers, vegetation or artificial structure like buildings. Keep in mind that each quality about the surroundings has its advantages and disadvantages.

In cold climates, the building should be designed to capture sunlight in winter and take advantage of the high inertia of some materials such as stone or concrete. The material should absorb heat during the day then release the heat throughout the night. Another way to capture the heat is through the greenhouse effect.

Consider the movement of the sun

The sun always travels from east to west, but its inclination varies depending on the time of year. In winter the sun will be lower and the daylight will be shorter. In contrast, the sun will be higher during summer.

In summer the sun shines more and the west facade will receive the sunlight most of the time. The south will receive much less direct light. However in winter, being lower, the south facade receives nearly all solar radiation. Therefore, to capture as much radiation, the house must have large windows facing south to receive direct light in winter, while windows facing north diffuse but never receive direct light.

The length of sunlight for each orientation in the Northern Hemisphere.

  • South: The sun shines all day in winter, spring, and autumn. In summer it will only receive direct sunlight in the middle of the day when it gives more heat.
  • Southeast: In winter it will receive sunlight all day. For the rest of the year, it will receive sunlight until noon.
  • East: It will have sunlight all year from dawn until noon.
  • Northeast: It will receive sunlight during winter. For the rest of the year, it will receive sunlight until noon.
  • North: The sun will only provide direct sunlight in summer in the early morning.
  • Northwest: It will receive sunlight in winter. For the rest of the year, the sun will shine from noon to sunset.
  • West: It will experience direct sunlight all year from noon to sunset.
  • Southwest: It will receive direct sunlight for the whole day during winter. For the rest of the year, from noon to sunset.

Using this information, you can design your house based on your way of life. For example, you eat breakfast in the kitchen and want it to be warm. It is better if your kitchen will face south to southeast, you will have natural light and direct sunlight in the morning. If you want to study in the evening because you will have work tomorrow, then it is best that your room will orient to the west.