So, you’re ready to buy a new home, or simply another home. The prospect can be both exciting and scary as there are so many things to consider and one can feel overwhelmed by the enormity of the process and the consequences of making the wrong decision.
While, the process of a home transition is rarely devoid of challenges, there are a number of things which you can do to help finding the right home a more comprehensive and cohesive process. One which delivers you to your new location in peace…as opposed to pieces.
Here are some tips that I have given as salient advice to my clients over the years. While, the list is not exhaustive, it will help you to start the process and may bring to attention, some areas that you had not previously considered.
First things First…
It’s important to take the time to figure out what you want. I am sometimes surprised by how quickly some folks will jump into a car and simply go out looking for homes. Home searching is not sight seeing. To be successful in your home search, it is helpful to have a plan for what you want to look for. Consider it a road map which helps ensure that you arrive at the desired destination.
Your game plan does not need to be exhaustive, but it should be comprehensive. And…it should include input from everyone who will be living in the household if possible. Certainly, constraints with regard to location and price and amenities may render some dream options unsustainable, however having input at the planning stage helps to provide a sense of ownership and insight about what will make the most sense for your particular situation.
Some things to consider are: location, size of home, community, number of bedrooms, number of baths, house style/type of home, amount of land, upkeep or repair work you are willing to tackle, school district desired, commute to work/school etc.
Then pare down your list by creating two columns which are: Wants & Needs. There are things that you many want, but may not really need. For instance, a swimming pool and/or fireplace are wonderful amenities, but are they really absolutely necessary if the home is the right price and in the right location and has the right combination of bedrooms and bathrooms for you?
Armed with your refined list, you can then begin to look online and attend Open Houses with confidence that you are now prepared to spot the right home when you come across it, rather than looking for the proverbial ‘needle in a haystack’.
A great place to search for homes once you’ve done your preliminary homework is: www.audurealestate.com. Not only can you refine your search to include your specific requirements, you will also be able to save your search and review them at your leisure. Should you wish to preview a home or have some questions, our agents will be happy to assist you.