Home is where the heart is, so when house hunting, you should simply pick the one that most appeals to you, right? Wrong. Finding the perfect home isnt the same as designing your dream house; there are a lot of external factors you should consider and sometimes, your preferences just dont coincide with what you actually need.
Add this to the fact that all your friends, who really dont know too much about real estate, will be giving you a huge amount of advice, most incorrect. You might be thinking now that its impossible to pick the best home for your family, right? Wrong again. It can be done. Start by keeping these three things in mind:
Its not just about the house.
Yes, you will inhabit it for most of your life, but you wont always be inside of it. Inspect the neighborhood not just the internal and external aspects of your future home. Ask your real estate agent about crime reports in the area, and read the local newspapers to get an idea of what to expect from the neighborhood and the town in general. More great tips here.
Learn the normal commuting routes the locals take, to see if you drive to work is going to be arduous or simple. See if essential stores and facilities, like a hospital, school, grocery store, and police station, are easy to access.
A sign that youre living in a good neighborhood is if you see children around. This generally means the area is thought of as safe. Also find out how the children get to school and see if it is safe for them to go unsupervised. Look at the neighborhood and see if the people maintain their yards and their houses. This is a great indicator of their commitment to the community and whether or not you will have to constantly worry about living near them.
The house should be beautiful.
This might seem like a subjective line of thinking and isnt something anybody can give you tips on, but you should know that most people equate beautiful with expensive-looking. This is not what beautiful is. Remember the adage, Not everything that glitters is gold? You should find the house beautiful because your decision is most important.
Inspect the house thoroughly. See if you can live with the floor plan, and try the walkways that lead outside to see if they are practical and guard against thieves. Also make your first approach to enter the house a critical one; the entrance speaks so much about the abode.
You have to be practical.
Who doesnt want a huge house, with a large yard and with enough rooms to satisfy a large family and your numerous guests? The answer: the practical house hunter. Sure, you might be thinking that getting a big home is a once in a lifetime chance, you can afford it if you cut a few things, so you should get it while you still have the chance. However, you need to consider the cost of heating and maintaining the areas you wont use and the additional costs such as property taxes and upkeep.
Also, it needs to work for the entire family. Is it kid friendly? Will you still be able to live here as you age? After the kids move out you may wonder why youre paying such a large mortgage when youre experiencing so little space. In the end, it boils down to several questions. Can you afford it in the long run? Will you still want such a big house in 15 years? Will the resell value make it worth the investment?
Buying a house is literally a big deal. Dont rush into making decision without all the facts and ensuring you truly love the house, the neighborhood and have looked at the details. Happy hunting and good luck.