How To Know If A House Has ‘Good Bones’


If a home has ‘good bones’, this means it checks off a number of boxes that raise its inherent value and will make for easier and more pleasurable living in the future. If you’re in the market for a new home and you want to be able to tell if it’s going to give you problems or be hard to remodel, here are some ways you can tell if it has good bones or not.

1. The Foundation

The foundation of a home is the most important thing to look at when searching for good bones. Strong, high-quality materials and proper installation are a must here. Look to see if the frame of your home is built out of wood or metal. Wood vs metal studs can perform differently and may be suitable for one type environment but not another. One sure sign of a good foundation is an insulated concrete form base. ICF’s are the strongest and most reliable material to build a foundation and wall system with.

Look for cracks in the foundation, slanted walls, or uneven floors. All of these are signs of a poor foundation that will lead to flooding and other problems in the future. 

2. The Spacing

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What kind of layout does the home have? Often times, older homes can have cramped, out-of-date layouts that just don’t work well for modern homeowners. Check the sizes of the rooms to make sure there aren’t any awkward sizes or shapes, and check all the doors to make sure none of them open or block into each other. A home with good bones has a clean, spacious layout. 

3. The Positioning

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The positioning of the home itself in relation to roads and other properties is another aspect of having good bones. You want a home that isn’t too close to any other properties or loud roads, airports, etc. Look to see where natural light enters the home at different times of the day. Does the master bedroom get a beautiful sunrise every morning? Does the home have a good view? Is there a good slope for drainage? These are things to consider when looking for good bones. 

4.Internal Hardware

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Another aspect of having good bones is having solid internal hardware. This means things like plumbing, wiring, the HVAC system, the air barrier, and ducts. Look for any leaky or noisy pipes, and check the air ducts to see what the airflow is like. If the HVAC ductwork is leaky or damaged, it won’t heat and cool as efficiently as it should. All of these things should be in great working condition if a home can be considered to have good bones. 

Run Through This Checklist When Looking for a Home with Good Bones
Good bones can mean different things to different people, but most experienced homeowners will agree that the items on this list are some of the most crucial. Other unique and high-end features like exterior stone can add value to a home. By making sure your next home possesses most, if not all of these characteristics, you can be sure that it has good bones.

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