Obviously you’re interested in buying a home or you wouldn’t be on this website. Finding the perfect house takes a little effort and planning. That’s why I put together these tips, to show you how to choose the perfect house.
Buying a home is a big decision, and the task of choosing the perfect house is a huge decision that should be carefully thought through as well. The problem is, looking at homes can sometimes make you feel like a kid in a candy store.
There are so many options, and so many colors and features. There are so many things to like… and dislike about the different homes you see. Honestly, it can get a little overwhelming. I know, I’ve been in your shoes.
The temptation might be to just pick one and be done with it! My advice is to be patient, and think about your needs, wants, and goals. From my experience, a hasty buyer is usually one who ends up with something I call “after-the-sale” buyer’s remorse, and that’s a bad place to be.
I think buying a home should be a fun time, and the first few months in the home aught to be pretty exciting as you add your personal touches with paint, updates, and organization of the furniture. But how do you know that your choice is right, and how do you know your choice will be for the perfect house for you and your family?
The three most important things to consider when hunting for the ideal home are your lifestyle, your anticipated housing needs, and your budget. It’s also a good idea to write down and prioritize a list of needs and wants. Prioritizing the features you would like in your next home will help you narrow down your search as well.
From my experience, the perfect house usually is found somewhere in a balance between your “must-haves” and your “nice-to-haves.”
Choose The Perfect House For Your Lifestyle
How does your lifestyle affect the type of home you should choose? Well, if you’re an avid cook, you might want a super-equipped kitchen. If you have a green thumb, you might want room for a garden. If you have kids, maybe a back yard with room to kick a soccer ball. Do you work from home? You might need an extra room for an office. If you’re into cars or other toys, you might require a larger garage or shop. You get the point.
Choose The Ideal Home For Your Anticipated Housing Needs
Wouldn’t you agree that it would be a foolish decision to buy a house without considering your life in the future? The next thing you should consider before settling on a home is your future housing needs, and how long you think you’ll realistically live in your home.
Here are a few tips to help jog your thought process. Are you newly married? Trust me, the school districts might not be a big deal right now, but that can change in a hurry! Do you have teenage kids? You might want to think seriously about how much square footage is too much when it’s just the two of you. Home buyers with aging parents could possibly find themselves offering living arrangements for them in the future as well.
Choosing The Perfect Home Based On Your Budget
I could just about guarantee that if you told me about your lifestyle and future housing needs, I could go out and find you a house today! None of that really matters, though, if your budget won’t afford you to buy that home when I bring it to you. The third piece of the house hunting puzzle is your budget.
How much home can you actually afford? This is where it can get a little more difficult to find the perfect house. That’s why I mentioned earlier that the perfect home is usually a balance between your needs and wants. Sometimes you have to sacrifice some of the wants in order to make the house fit the budget. Getting Pre Qualified for a home loan is the best way to find out what your budget really is.
Why You Should Consider The Location
- I recommend driving through different neighborhoods to see where you would be willing to live, and where you would not be willing to live. I believe you should consider the location of your new home just as importantly as you do the home features. You’ve heard it said… Location, location, location. It’s true, location is a huge part of any move, or should be.
- You might also want to consider how far the home is from things like work, shopping, hospitals, police/fire, schools, parks, and day-care.
- Is mail delivered to the home or is a PO Box required?
- What about trash pick-up?
I hope you use the tips on this list to make your house hunting a little easier. Remember, finding the ideal home takes time, but if you understand these key points, chances are you will choose the perfect home for you and your family. Ready to work together, give me a call at 541-643-1131 or click here. Happy house hunting:)