Buying a home for the first time can be a daunting task. Some of you may have dreamed for years about what you want your home to be like, while others may have no idea where to start. Before looking for houses, you need to decide everything you really want in a home, what’s most important to you, and then start looking for houses that meet those criteria!
Is it important for you to be close to a Wal-Mart or a grocery store, or are you looking for something away from it all? Do you want to be in a neighborhood setting, or would you prefer to have more land? Do you want your home to be near a certain school for your kids? These are questions you need to consider when looking for a home. When you are seriously considering a home, make sure that you understand what the surrounding area is like. Find out crime rates and the type of people who generally live in the area.
How big is your family? Do you have people stay with you frequently? Make sure that you don’t get a house that’s too small, otherwise you will only be cramped and grow out of it much sooner. On the other hand, don’t get a house that’s too big, because then you will be paying unnecessarily expensive utility bills. Not to mention there will be much more to clean and more housework.
What is your budget? Be realistic. You may want a million dollar home, but can you really afford one? You may also not want to spend much money at all, but is that realistic for the type of home you need?
Are you a bit of a handyman, or have friends who are? If that’s the case, you might be able to get a nicer home for an affordable price, assuming you can do the renovations. Some homes only require minor renovations that you could easily pay someone else to do and save a ton of money. Keep this in mind when looking at homes that may not be in perfect condition.
One Floor or Multiple?
Do you want a house that’s all on one level? Or would you prefer a house with stairs? For older couples, or couples with children, you may prefer a one story house. Keep in mind which you would prefer, and decide how important it is to your decision.
Do you want a big backyard? Does it need to have a fence for your pets? Keep in mind some houses have a very small front yard, but larger backyard.
These are a few questions to be asking when you are trying to decide what type of home you want. Each is important to consider, but some are more important than others. Make sure that you find what is most important and essential in a home, and then you can worry about making the rest of it work out, as well. Discuss this with your realtor and they will help you find the best home for you.