When you're looking at a property with an eyes toward a purchase, you're looking at an investment in your future - whether you want to create your ideal living space, you're trying to find a place that will increase in value, or some combination of both. And while it is easy to focus solely on the major elements like location, square footage, and the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, it is also essential to pay attention to the smaller things. For instance, raised counters in the kitchen and bathrooms can be incredibly comfortable if you're tall, or having a window that lets in the morning light in the bedroom can help you wake up naturally without an alarm. Here are some our favorite value-increasing details to look for when you're in search of Chicago real estate:
Built-Ins. Shelving, storage, entertainment centers, and other built-in amenities are some of the most popular add-ons, and for good reason. They can look amazing, they save space, and they are a way to customize your home to fit your needs and style. So if a home already has built-ins or they'll be easy to add, consider it a major plus.
Mouldings, Knobs, Faucets, Fixtures, And Trims. Little decorative touches like these are what gives the home its character, and they can make similar properties have completely different styles; for instance, sleek stainless steel makes a contemporary statement, while traditional crown mouldings have a vintage feel. Its all about your desired atmosphere and interior decor goals.
Location Of The Light. Depending on your schedule and individual inclinations, you'll want to not only consider the views (and whether or not they'll be obstructed in the future), but also the exposures - is the bedroom facing east for the sun rise, or west for the sun set? What rooms are darker at which times of the day? That will likely affect where and how you spend your time at home, and even your mood if your primary rooms are dark and lacking in sunshine (hey, we need all the sun we can get during Chicago winters).
Soundproofing And Acoustics. Whether you play an instrument and practice at home or you're an avid audiophile, you'll want the sounds of your home to be music to your ears - and you probably don't want your neighbors listening in. Ask yourself what the audio situation is like, if the walls are thick or soundproofed, and if you can hear the noise from the street or other outdoor sounds (and if that bothers you - some of us urbanites love the city's own music!).
Personal Priorities. While it is easy to rely on your agent for their expertise and counsel, don't forget that you'll be the one who has to live in or with the property! Do you want a spacious master bath but you're not concerned with the kitchen because you don't cook much? Or do you need room for your massive television and gaming systems? Is a home office with a speedy internet connection essential? Try to focus on what makes you happy, not potential resale value if you're going to be the one living in the property.
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