When searching for home the first place you should start is deciding where you want to live. Do you want to move and keep your children in the same school zone? Or do you want to live close to the city, outside the city, etc.? When buying a home, if there are things you do not like you can change them. However, location is the one thing you’re stuck with so make sure it’s a place you like or will like for years to come!
Have you ever heard the old adage “you should live in the smallest home in the nicest neighborhood you can afford?” Well it turns out, this statement has some truth to it. To get a real feel for the type of neighborhood you’re considering be sure to drive around during the day, at night and on the weekends. Is the neighborhood safe for children to run around and play? Are the homes consistent in size and features? Do the neighbors keep their yards tidy and clean? Is it safe to jog or bike? Make sure to conduct your own research to find out about the neighborhood before moving in!
The home you are buying should reflect your personal style. Are you laid back? Then you probably wouldn’t consider a Victorian or Tudor home. In this situation, a brick home might be your best bet as there is less maintenance. Is the roof in good condition? Is the pavement and the sidewalks leading to the front door safe? Has the exterior been kept in good condition?
Other Environment Factors
If you have young kids you should consider whether there is a yard or if it is safe to play in. Another thing to consider is if the house has a lot of stairs or a good view. Things that not might be an issue in the short term but may present a problem in the long term. If you plan on getting a family dog you may look for a home with an enclosed back yard. Make sure the home you are buying suits you or your family well into the future.
Size & Floor Plan
Although you may be able to afford a 4 bedroom/4 bath home does it make sense if you plan on living alone? Things to consider are the bills to keep that large of a house warm in the winter or cool in the summer. Also, it may be nice to have extra rooms for an office or craft room but will you be spending extra money to furnish those extra rooms? On the flip side, you should also consider planning for your future.
Number of Bedrooms and Bathrooms
Planning on more kids? According to CashMoneyLife, “The key to considering the number of rooms is by looking at both immediate and future needs. If you are planning on growing or downsizing your family in the near future, then consider buying a home with an additional room, or one less room.”
When evaluating the kitchen do not consider old appliances as a downside. These can always be replaced and are more affordable to replace than countertops or cabinets. Don’t settle for a home with a kitchen that you would have to remodel. Kitchen remodeling can be very expensive.
Closets and Storage
An important note regarding storage space to keep in mind is: older homes tend to have smaller closet space and newer homes tend to have larger closet space. Depending on how much storage space you need, it’s important to anticipate where you will be storing things in your new home and that there is adequate space for it.
Windows and Lighting
Be sure to look out for outlets and electrical fixtures. Are they updated? Provide enough light or too little light? Also, if you prefer natural lighting look for a home with big windows! Also, look for the position of the windows in relation to the rooms in the house. Does the size of the windows prohibit privacy?
Hardware, door knobs, fireplace mantle and crown molding are a few examples of finishing touches to look out for when searching for a home. Do these finishing touches need replacing or are they move-in ready?
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