Recently, we discussed a number of issues to consider when touring a Berkeley home Open House.  They were centered around the condition of the home.  This time we will consider additional questions that will help you decide if this home will be a comfortable fit for you and your family.

a. Ask About Storage and Growth Space: Everyone needs storage space. Having lots of space is a real asset when considering a home--especially if you have a family.  Often, storage space is not immediately visible on the tour.  Some rooms or closets may be located in places other than the main floors.  Ask about the attic space, extra basement rooms, and all about the garage units.  Can you grow up or down?  How practical will that be financially?

b. Ask About What Is Included in the Sale:  Just because the kitchen has a full complement of appliances, that does not mean that they are all staying in the home as the owner moves out.  Check to see what will be going and staying in every room of the home.  That would include wall units, shelving, basement fixtures, garden accessories, planters, seating, etc..  This will save you surprises in the end, when you are counting on items that will not be there when you arrive.

c. Ask About the Most Recent Additions to the Home: Many times, homeowners will want to increase the appeal of their home, especially if it is older, by adding on new bathrooms, kitchens or patios.  It is worth your time to inspect each of these new additions carefully to make sure that theyse have not been a quick and perhaps poorly constructed project designed to attract buyers, but not done with a eye towards any long term quality. 

Once you get answers to these questions, you will have a much better picture of the home from both a practical and a financial viewpoint.  If it truly appeals to you, all this information is just additional good news.


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