Things to Consider When Looking for Your New Home-Sweet-Home
Looking for a new home can be an exciting yet frightening experience. For first time buyers, the process can seem overwhelming, so it’s important you take the proper steps to ensure a smart, secure purchase. Researching your prospective new home in a thorough and educated way will help you pick the right home.
Let’s go through and take a look at a few key elements to focus on, and see how each one can make or break your decision.
The first—and possibly most important—thing to think about is your prospective new home’s location. Is it in an area you’re familiar with? If so, check and make sure the area meshes with your particular background and interests. If it’s in an area you’re not so familiar with, do some research on the neighborhood. If possible, try and visit the area multiple times throughout different days. An area may seem delightful in the afternoon, but it may be a whole different story at night. Also, thoroughly check the surrounding area as well. Even though your particular street may seem delightful, that doesn’t necessarily mean the streets around yours are too.
Another key factor in looking for a new home is the commute to your job and other frequently visited areas. Check how long the drive will be, check traffic times, and also check if public transit is available. It’s quite possible that you may find a wonderful home situated within a great area only to realize the commute to work is horrendous. Be sure to weigh your options and properly plan everything out before you decide on a particular home.
Depending on whether you have children or not, looking into a prospective area’s school system is paramount. Make sure the area is not only reputable, but that the schools in your area meet your particular standards. A school system can speak volumes about an area.
Affordability and Condition
After you’ve got the location squared away, the next step is to look for places within your budget. Think about how long you plan to be there, and how much you’re able to spend. If you’re buying a home, it’s safe to say that you plan on spending a number of years in that spot. Things may be different if you’re moving into an apartment, so try to ask about your leasing options and if they offer discounts for longer contracts.
You’ll also need to check the home’s condition as well. Make note of any blemishes inside, outside and around the home. It’s very beneficial to have a home inspection before you move in, as there may be tons of issues that are lurking under the surface. Home inspections go a long way in providing you with peace of mind when closing on a home and are a great way to get an unbiased review.
Now that you have got an idea of both the location and affordability, the next thing to think about is size. How many rooms will you need? Are you planning on expanding your family? When it comes to space, more is better, so look for places that will adequately fit you and your family.
The next thing to look at is the layout. Are you the kind of person that spends a lot of time in the kitchen? If so, look for homes in which the kitchen is both spacious and newly renovated. Do you spend a lot of time in a study? How about a guest room? It’s important that you consider these questions before you decide on a new home, as the answers will become painfully evident after you’ve moved.
Another thing to keep in mind is to check your neighborhood’s zoning rules and regulations before you decide. It’s important to get as much information on your area as possible. That way, you’ll be able to make an informed decision.
And there you have it! Before deciding on a new home, be sure you find one that meets your budget, is in a good area, and meets your aesthetic and spatial needs. Moving can be stressful, but looking for a new home doesn’t have to be if you go about it the right way.
Author byline: Jennifer Parker is a handy-woman around the house and love working on different, creative projects for the home and garden. She is the writer and owner of a home improvement blog and also writers for a hardwood flooring retailer. Jennifer’s work can be found on various interior design and remodelling blogs around the web.