Searching for a Home
What are you looking for?
Finding the right home is a very personal experience that is unique to each buyer. A home is more than just a collection of rooms. It is the place you and your family want to feel most comfortable living in and creating lasting memories in. Each house has a different design, lot size, tax cost, etc, so it’s important to consider the features that are most important to you.
Here’s where you’ll want to figure out which priorities are at the top and which can take somewhat of a backseat. If you can’t get a home at your price with all the features you’d like, then which features are the most important to you? Could you handle a longer commute for a bigger lot and lower cost? Rate the importance of things such as swimming pools, fences, square footage, number of bedrooms, size of kitchen, etc to see which things are of top priority and which are not.
Now, take a stand back and consider the bigger picture. Look several years in the future and think about what your needs might be. Is this your first home, a vacation home, a retirement home, or an investment? These are often intimidating circumstances to think about, but it will certainly make the home buying process a more pleasant and easy experience in the long run.
Where should you look?
Choosing the right location of your new home is sometimes a harder decision than it seems. A ton of factors play into finding the perfect area to live in that addresses all the requirements on your checklist. Each neighborhood and community has its own unique flare that attracts different buyers and sellers. Are you drawn to more of a historic home or suburban living closer to downtown? Consider things such as commute to work, proximity to children’s schools, community events, amenities, etc when evaluating the location of your home.
Regardless of your choice, it’s really important to target your search. By using basic measures such as general location and affordability, you can refine your search and focus on homes that offer the most desirable features. From there, your Realtor can guide you in the right direction. The more you hone in on those desired features, the easier it will be for your Realtor to find the perfect home for you!