Finding the perfect home for you and your family is going to take a healthy dose of patience and a little time. You may end up looking at a lot of houses that you hate or can’t afford before you finally find that gem that you are looking for. Before you go looking for that needle in a haystack take some time to figure out what you really want. Where do you want to live? How many bedrooms or bathrooms do you need? Is a yard a must? What can you compromise on and most importantly what is your price range? You will also come across some houses that you do like but you need to take a breath and ask yourself a few questions before you jump in with an offer.
Don’t fixate on just one neighborhood but you should make sure that it works for your family. Is it close to schools, transportation and shopping? Is it in a safe neighborhood? Is the neighborhood up and coming or on the decline. How long a commute will you have going back and forth to work? Location is everything in real estate. Here are some tips on finding a good neighborhood.
When shopping for a family home some of the things that qualify as “must haves” are things like the number of bedrooms and yard space for the children. If you have a lot of extended family nearby a big kitchen may also be a must have. Things you can compromise on may be things like walk in closets or stainless steel appliances. Understand what you need to have and what you can live without.
Do You Feel at Home There?
Bear in mind that home sellers stage their homes so that you feel at home. Feeling at home is more than just how the furniture is arranged, do you feel comfortable in the neighborhood and with the house as a whole.
The cost of a new home is a huge factor in the house hunt. You need to factor in not only the mortgage payment but you also need to consider other costs of home ownership. You will also have to pay taxes, insurance, and utilities and all of these will cost more in a house than they will in an apartment.
When you’re shopping for a new home don’t just rely on your real estate agent you can do some house hunting on your own. There are plenty of places that you can look at online listings and then get your realtor to book an appointment for you to view them. Take your time and don’t put in an offer on the first house you see.