Where should you start when the time comes to look for your next home? Let’s discuss.
So you’ve decided to buy a home. Congratulations! This is an incredibly exciting journey to set out on, but many homebuyers aren’t sure where to start.
Well, as a seasoned Realtor, I’ve got your answer: You should look for the home that feels “right” for your family. When we look at homes together, your focus should be on evaluating the properties from the perspective of your wants and needs. Meanwhile, I’ll be on the lookout for signs that a given property will be a good investment for your future.
This way, while you check out the floor plan, the yard, the entryway, or anything else about the house that might tell you whether you could envision it becoming your home, I’ll be laser-focused on getting you the best deal. Following this method, we’ll be able to find your dream home by working together.
With that said, there are four specific factors we’ll focus on most:
1. Floor plan, location, and price. These first two factors can’t be changed. Sure, you could technically alter your floor plan, but this would take a lot of time and money. And, as far as location goes, you get what you get. If these two factors aren’t quite as great as they should be in light of your wants and needs, then the price will have to be compelling enough to compensate for these shortcomings.
2. Motivation. The reason you’re moving matters just as much as anything else during your home search. For example, if you’re moving because you want to find a better school for your child, then the home you choose must be in a great school district. Similarly, families moving to get more space will want to narrow their search to homes with lots of square footage.
3. Unique home features and amenities. Beyond basic attributes like the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, homebuyers should also consider the features that really set various homes apart. This includes features like pools, custom cabinetry, and other such “extras.”
4. Structural integrity and general condition. The home you choose should look and feel great, but it should also be sturdy and well-maintained. If the roof has damage or is made of a material that would be prone to damage, for example, this is certainly something to keep in mind. You should also check to see that the home’s major mechanical systems are in good repair. The last thing you want is to move into a home only for the HVAC unit to immediately break down.
Hopefully, this has given you some greater insight into where to begin your search. If you’re ready to partner up and start looking for your next home, or if you have any questions or would like more information on this topic, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.