Planning on buying a home this year? Here’s why you need to look at the condition, layout and style of the kitchen and bathrooms before you fall head first in love with the rest of the home…

Kitchens and bathrooms need to be at least liveable when you move into your dream home. Grotty kitchens with rotten shelves and no work space will leave you reluctant to unpack your stuff into them, and to cook for your family.

And rusty baths, creaky low-pressure plumbing, and mouldy grouting in bathrooms will put you right off a soak in the tub at the end of a hectic day.

Because, let’s face it, while the bedroom may be a sanctuary and the living room a place to kick back and relax after a long day, it’s the kitchen and bathroom that none of us can live without – in fact 62% of South Africans consider the kitchen to be the most important part of the home, according to a recent online survey.

So, when it comes to buying a new home, it makes sense to do a thorough check of the kitchen and bathrooms before examining the rest of the house.

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Here’s a helpful guide with three important considerations to bear in mind, to avoid regrets after signing on the dotted line:

1. Assess your needs

Before you go falling in love with the first parquet-floored apartment you see, it’s important to first take some time to think about what your exact requirements are – do you need three full bathrooms with a shower and bathtub or will one shower do? Does your kitchen need to be able to accommodate your love of cooking or will you just be needing a kitchen big enough for a microwave to reheat last night’s pizza? Be sure to consider how you will likely be using these spaces before choosing a home to buy.

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2. Look out for red flags

When looking at buying a home, it’s important to carefully evaluate the condition of all bathrooms and the kitchen in case there are any glaring issues that might cause problems later on. For example, are there any patches of fresh paint on the walls? This might indicate damp in the walls, and painting over it is just a temporary solution. Do the pipes make a huge racket when you turn the taps on, and is the water pressure too low? While those may not seem like the biggest of deals, rickety pipes and poor water pressure are issues that become increasingly annoying as time goes by.

Don’t be afraid to test the taps in case these issues are lurking in your potential dream home and remember to ask the owner or agent all the nagging questions you can think of!

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3. Is it a fixer upper?

If you’re prepared to put in the time, effort and cash, then those rickety pipes, outdated tiles and ’70s-style finishes are no biggie. However, if you don’t have the resources to dedicate towards a complete kitchen and bathroom remodel then it’s probably best that you move along.

That being said, new taps and shower heads are a great way to spruce up an outdated bathroom or shabby kitchen. Have a look at the stunning ranges from Cobra and choose fittings designed to save water and even reduce energy costs.

When it comes to buying a new home, make sure you don’t overlook the kitchen and bathrooms, and remember this helpful guide during your next house viewing expedition.

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