Moving into a new home can be incredibly exciting but without the appropriate planning it can also bring with it a few minor headaches and hiccups along the way. When you’re on the house hunt and are visiting a home, it’s common for the space to look larger than it actually is. To avoid surprises and space issues when you make the move, follow these 4 house viewing tips and tricks on how to know exactly how much space you’re moving into.
1. Get a copy of the floor plans
A good floor plan is necessary to any successful move! Whether it means developing one yourself or getting access to floor plans that already exist, this should be a top priority before a house viewing as it will help give you a sense as to how much space you’re actually moving into.
When looking at your floor plan, here are a few things to keep in mind: be sure it’s to scale and find out whether the square feet measurements include the bathroom, balcony etc. It also helps when you mark locations of outlets or jacks such as cable TV and phone lines as this will help you plan how your furniture will fit into your new home.
2. Make your tape measure your new best friend
It’s important to thoroughly examine and measure storage, closets, cabinet spaces and windows while viewing a home. Don’t leave home without a measuring tape when house hunting. Once you have measurements of your new home, you can then sort through your current furniture to be sure that there will be a place for everything when you unpack and set up your new home. Measure the length and width of all your furniture and if you have access to the home in advance of moving in, consider mapping out where you are planning to place your furniture with painters tape on the floor. This will also help you get an idea as to what you can take with you and what you may need to leave behind or sell.
3. Don’t get distracted
When viewing a house it’s hard not to see each room at face value. Maybe the current owner has a large TV stand or unnecessary storage in certain rooms. Keep in mind that this isn’t necessarily how you’ll style the house so don’t get distracted by the furniture that’s already there. Try to visualize the space with nothing in it or with your personal furniture there instead and it should help you to get a sense as to how to make the most out of the space you have.
4. Ask for help
Envisioning a space with your belongings can be tough so don’t be afraid to ask for a little help. Consider consulting an expert or look at home magazines or through home blogs to help spark some inspiration. The home decor Pinterest board may give you some ideas as well.