Purchasing a home is not only a large financial decision, but also can be emotionally stressful. Many buyers enter into the process without any idea of what they are really looking for in a home. Before you begin your search, take some time to figure out what will make you happy in your new home.
Here are some of the top things to look for to make sure your search is off to the right start:
Location: It is said that you can live with almost any imperfection in a home if you love the neighborhood and your neighbors. You can change almost anything within the home, but once bought you can't change the location. Research the neighborhood and surrounding areas to make sure they are right for you.
Situation Factors: Aside from the location, it's important to look at the particular lot on which the home is built. Think about factors like if the home sits on a hill, if it has a view, if the yard is suitable for children, and if the home is close to neighbors. All of these things will affect your happiness with the home depending on what your personal tastes are.
Neighborhood: Make sure the neighborhood you are looking in meets your expectations. Drive through the area on weekdays and weekends and at all hours of the day so you know what the noise level and traffic activity are really like. Pay close attention to how neighbors take care of their yards, driveways, and the exterior of their homes. Also notice the streets and sidewalks. If you have children, ask yourself if you would feel safe with them playing outdoors.
Home Size and Layout: You might think the home you found is your dream home but make sure it's not impractical. Is the size of the home too large or too small? Are you planning to grow your family or ready to downsize? Think about the placement of the master suite. If the home is multilevel, would you rather have the master suite on the first or second floor? These are all important questions!
Kitchen: One of the biggest deciding factors in purchasing a home is the kitchen. The kitchen is a place you will likely be spending a large amount of your time. Don't settle for a home with one that doesn't fit your needs. Remodeling kitchens is always an option but can rack up a big price tag. If the home you are thinking of purchasing is going to need several kitchen upgrades, consider the costs when you make your choice.
Closets and Storage: Many older homes have small closets and not much storage space. Make sure the home you are considering purchasing has enough space for all of your belongings. Storage space is something you can add later, but it could mean sacrificing living space in some of your rooms.
Windows and Lighting: Are you someone who likes lots of windows and natural light or would you rather have fewer windows and more privacy? Visit the home you are considering at different times of day to see how the light shines into the windows. Consider the placement and quantity of electrical outlets. Will these meet your lighting needs?
When you've found the perfect home for you and are ready to take steps toward making a purchase, call me to set up an appointment!