Real Estate Resources and Advice For Growing Families

Buying A Single Family Home? Look For These Features

A single-family home is a home that is for one family to live in, not a duplex, apartment, or condominium. Single-family homes for sale fill the real estate market and give you many options to choose from. When buying single-family homes in your area, narrow down your choices by looking for the following beneficial features that you'll appreciate for as long as you own your home — and can possibly benefit from when it's time to sell again in the future.

Gas appliances

Gas appliances may be more cost-effective than electric appliances to operate in most states and can help you save on energy costs throughout the ownership of your home. Gas appliances include the stove, water heater, and the furnace. As a bonus, gas appliances tend to be cheaper than electric counterparts, so if you have to replace a gas appliance during your homeownership, you'll save money here as well.

Look for homes that have one or more gas appliances in them. These single-family homes for sale will already gas hookups in them, which can be modified to meet all your needs after purchasing.

New doors/windows

New doors are a major expense you don't have to cover when you buy among single-family homes for sale in your area that have this upgrade. Metal front doors, in particular, carry a large value, however, any new door adds to a home's overall allure and adds to the curb appeal and energy efficiency.

Replacement doors sometimes come along with new windows. New windows are expensive, but if you buy a single-family home that already has new windows installed — particularly energy-efficient styles — you save yourself this investment in the future if you plan on selling your home again before new window installations are necessary.

Metal roof

Metal roofs on single-family homes for sale are beneficial because metal roofs last a long time and require little maintenance. The average metal roof can last half a century or more, so even if you see single-family homes on the market with older metal roofs, odds are you won't be having to worry about replacing a roof in the near future should you make a purchase. Since roof repairs and replacements in any home can be costly, buying a home for sale with a solid metal roof is a feature you shouldn't ignore. Your real estate agent will help you find the best home for your situation and budget.

For more information on single-family homes, reach out to a real estate agent in your area.