Whether you’re a first-time home buyer or looking to upgrade or downsize, many things may be considered to help you find the perfect home for your family! Finding a home is like any other shopping adventure- you must know exactly what your requirements are before making a final decision.
Make a List! To help you ensure you’re making the right big decision, make a list of all the things you need and the things that you don’t actually require in your new home. You may create a column list with headings – “Must Have,” Nice to Have,” “Don’t Want.” Home activities and features such as hobby space, upgraded kitchen features, kids’ area, yard, and other functional spaces, are among the priorities that you may consider.
Define Your Lifestyle. With a punch list laid down, you may now consider the type of home that your family really needs. Understanding your style is an important factor in deciding whether you’re aiming to get a Condo, Family House or Townhome. Your family may also prefer existing homes, rehabbed, or a newly build property to settle in. There are many home styles available, but what suits your tastes and lifestyle? Is it the colonial, craftsman, bungalow, contemporary, or cottage style that fits you? These are just some considerations to take into account when determining your home type based on the list that you’ve prepared earlier.
Target A Location! After considering home features and style, you may now focus on a location to find the perfect home for your family! Targeting a good location requires understanding your home’s components, such as your work’s activities, children’s school (now and into the future), community activities, church, shopping, restaurants, and entertainment, amongst other important family activities. Browsing the internet and print ads are some fast methods in searching for a good home location. Most real estate agents suggest that prospective buyers start by looking at home online, narrowing down neighborhood choices, and deciding between must-have and preferred features.
Be Practical. Don’t exceed your capacity. Getting your finances in order is a top concern for your family. Assess your finances and consider current and future expenses when selecting a new home. You don’t want to be moving to different houses over and over in the future simply because of financial miscalculations.
Be Considerate. Understand that no house is perfect. Making your offer contingent on a home inspection is a good move, but all homes have small defects. Many sellers won’t repair minor imperfections if they have a backup offer waiting, just in case you walk away. Take into consideration what you are willing to fix.