When you peruse featured homes for sale while house hunting, the first step to assessing whether you want to spend more time on a house is determining whether it has "good bones". A house with "good bones" is a solid investment on every level. That refers the architectural integrity of the house's structure, but it also commonly refers to other important factors as well. A house with "good bones" is one that will serve its residents well.

So how to determine whether a house has those "good bones"? It's a straightforward process for a doctor to determine whether a person has healthy bones. That's a science. However, determining whether a house has "good bones" is more of an art than a science. Consider the following tips when you're trying to decide whether a house you're interested in has them.

Tip #1: Assess the House's Floor Plan

The house's floor plan can be a big part of why it has "good bones". A house with a horrible floor plan probably won't meet your family's needs without a lot of expensive renovations that may not be worth it. Look at whether the rooms are arranged in a logical manner within the home.

Assess how traffic is likely to travel through the home. There needs to be a good flow between rooms, and family members shouldn't have to go through private areas to get through frequently used rooms like the bathroom and the kitchen.

Tip #2: Look at the Architectural Details of a House

When you are looking around the house, don't simply look at the size of the bedrooms and the cleanliness of the bathroom. Start with an even more basic but essential consideration. The architectural details can help add value, interest, and beauty to a home. Look to see whether a house that has crown moldings, tailored trims, and beautifully designed mantles.

Tip #3: The Ambiance an Infrastructure of a Home Both Count

A lot of people get hung up on the infrastructure of a house when looking on whether it has good bones. It's true that the infrastructure is important. After all, you need to be sure the home has a solid foundation, a newer roof, good plumbing, and a great electrical system. However, the ambiance of a home is also important. It should allow you and your family plenty of space and natural lighting.

Finally, talk to your real estate agent about the house that you're considering and why you think it is a strong choice. Keep in mind that a house that has "good bones" will typically be a good investment even if it needs some improvement. When in doubt, your real estate agent can offer insights about whether a specific house may or may not have "good bones".