Have you heard people use the term, “Good Bones” when referring to a house? What exactly does a house need to have in order to have good bones? Here are several aspects to look for when searching for a new home — or in your current house — to know if it has good bones.

Foundation and Materials

The first thing that makes a house have good bones is that it has a solid foundation and a sound structure. In fact, without these two aspects, your house will have a very hard time meeting the good bones criteria. Believe it or not, older homes might have better bones than new ones. This is because older wood frame homes built in the first half of the 20th century were often made with higher quality wood construction.

Nice Room Size

You can always add square footage to your home with additions. But it is harder to increase the size of your rooms, particularly the bedrooms. So, make sure you choose a house with good sized rooms. High ceilings and spacious rooms make a house have good bones.

A Solid Roof

A new roof can run you $25,000 or more, so it’s important to find a home with a durable roof. A This one is pretty simple — a good roof means good bones.

Plumbing in Good Condition

Is the plumbing old? Is it in good condition? You’ll need to ask these questions to determine whether your house has good bones. The pipes must be in good shape, and the showers, toilets, and other features must be in working condition. Then, you can be assured your home has good bones.

Coherent Floor Plan

Rearranging the floor plan of a fixer-upper can get expensive very quickly, not to mention become a headache fast. So, you’ll want to check that your house has a logical floor plan. Consider the kitchen and bathrooms especially since you won’t want to move the home’s plumbing and electrical structures if possible. If your house has good flow, then it has good bones.