House-hunting is a big adventure – but after the first several homes, the details start to get a little fuzzy. Check out these five things you need to look for in every bathroom while you see homes for sale in Aspen. This list will help ensure you know exactly what you’re getting into when you make an offer on the home you want.
5 Things to Look for in Every Bathroom While You Tour Homes in Aspen
When you’re out with your REALTOR® looking at homes, you’ll most likely walk into each room and look around. Some rooms are more clear-cut than others; the dining room doesn’t require as much attention as, say, the kitchen does. Bathrooms are up there, too – you need to go inside each bathroom to check out these five things:
- Water pressure
- Vent fans
- Beneath the sink
- Limited storage
Here’s a closer look at each (and what you should be looking for).
Bathroom Check #1: Lighting
A bathroom doesn’t have to have a huge bay window, but it does need adequate lighting. The best way to determine whether the space has enough light is to go on, flip the switch, and shut the door. That way, you’ll be able to tell how the light hits the mirror and whether the existing fixture is providing enough illumination for your needs.
Bathroom Check #2: Water Pressure
Turn on the faucets, flush the toilet and run the shower in each bathroom to see what the water pressure is like. If it’s just a trickle coming out of the shower head, you may be able to fix it with a new shower head – but if it’s just a trickle coming from the sink, it can signal other problems (like damaged, leaking or poorly designed plumbing pipes). Water pressure might not be a deal-breaker for you, but it’s definitely something you need to know about before you buy.
Bathroom Check #3: Vent Fans
If a bathroom doesn’t have a window, it’s supposed to – at least according to the building code – have a vent fan. You’ll want to check the vent fans in each bathroom. (You can do it while you’re inside checking out the lights.) You want to make sure that the fan isn’t excessively loud and that it’s operational. If it sounds (or looks) like it’s seen better days, that’s something to keep in mind when you’re making a decision on your next home.
Bathroom Check #4: Beneath the Sink
Bathrooms are prime territory for in-home leaks, so open up the cabinets and look beneath the sink. See if there are signs of past water damage, such as peeling laminate on the bottom of the cabinet, or if a pipe is dripping in the present. Also look for condensation on the pipes, which can drip and pool to cause water damage (and mold) in the future.
Bathroom Check #5: Limited Storage
Nobody expects a bathroom to have a huge storage area for towels and toiletries, but there does have to be space to put a few things. If the bathrooms have all pedestal sinks and no shelves, will it be an inconvenience for you to have to bring towels in each time you shower? Where will you store all your necessities, such as cleaning supplies, toilet paper and your next bottle of shampoo?
While bathrooms aren’t usually make-or-break rooms for most people, they’re definitely worth checking out extensively. You’ll be able to save yourself from future headaches if you spend a little extra time in them while you’re house-hunting.
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