So, you’ve decided to look for your dream home. Make sure you’re prepared with these handy tips to make the selection process smooth and enjoyable. After all, purchasing a home is a very exciting time, but it can also be stressful. Let us help you with the process.
What are you looking for?
Are you more interested in space? Function? Backyard or outdoor space? Or maybe a “wow” kitchen. Bottom line, you should have a well-rounded picture of your needs and wants. Besides the number of rooms and your price range, consider more important things before you make an offer, such as:
Home’s curb appeal
Size and the floor plan
Windows and lighting
Closets and storage
Considerations for Kids and Pets
Even if you don’t have school-aged children at home, the nearby schools still affect you and your potential new home. Districts with good schools tend to maintain property value, and the truth is people want to live near good schools. This directly leads to rising home values and better area amenities.
If you’re moving with pets, you’ll likely want to live in an area filled with dog-friendly parks. So, make sure your prospective dwelling place is surrounded by green spaces and parklands where you can enjoy strolling with your pet.
Location, Location, Location
Of course we all know that location is key. But, why? Exploring different neighborhoods might be the best part of the home buying experience. There’s nothing like cruising the streets in an area, looking at the houses, discovering parks and nearby beaches, restaurants, coffee shops, and talking to your potential new neighbors.
Once you have an idea of what you are looking for, it’s time to do your research. When assessing a neighborhood, here are a few things to consider: safety, market factors, inventory, convenience, commute time to work.
Other important questions to answer about where you want to live:
Do you prefer privacy, or do you want to join a thriving community? Do you want the neighborhood and surrounding area to be walkable? Do you want to live nearby to friends or family?
Ask, Look, and Take Notes when Viewing a Home
Buying a home without knowing almost everything about it might be awkward. The only way you can ask or check something out is to create your own checklist and bring it with you. Here are some basics:
* Take a long, close look at the bathroom, especially the corners in case there is mold or any pipes or wires that don’t look right.
* Check out how much storage space there is and try to estimate whether it would be enough for all your stuff. If not, consider getting a storage unit.
* Explore the attic and crawl space and look for any signs of water intrusion or molding wood;
* Meet the neighbors and ask them about the area
* If something bothers you or you just want to get an answer, ask.
For more expert tips on home buying, contact a Tauber Real Estate Services specialist today at 561-626-4633.