Before you begin your house hunting adventure, there are some decisions you need to make. Determining some of your expectations will simplify the house hunt by eliminating houses that simply would not be suitable for you.
1) Location, Location, Location
Location is one of the most important factors to consider. You need to decide if you want to live in an urban, country or suburb type setting. Is easy access to public transit essential to you? Is distance between your home and your job an important factor? If you have children, the location matters in regard to the schools your children will be attending. You might also want to restrict your home search to neighborhoods with a population of people who are in an age range similar to yours.
2) Looking beyond the obvious
Many things can be changed about a house. Cosmetic improvements can easily be made. Many times even structural alterations are possibly. However, where the house is located is not something you can change. That’s why it’s such an important factor in the decision making process.
3) Searching Within Your Budget Restraints
You can save yourself some time and disappointment by restricting your search to houses within your budget. There’s no reason to look in neighborhoods where houses far exceed your budget. There’s usually some negotiating ability on the price of a home but that flexibility only extends so far.
4) Choosing the Right Type of house
Another thing you’ll want to consider is the type of house you want. This is an area where it is a good idea to explore various types of housing. You may think that you want a single family home but after seeing a townhouse or condo, which is often newer or more up-to-date than many single family homes, you might decide that condo living is something you would like. Condominiums and townhomes offer a more carefree lifestyle because you are relieved of outdoor and exterior maintenance. You do have to consider the home owner association dues when deciding if the payments are something you can handle.
5) Know Your Preferences and Priorities
If you enjoy gardening or want a large lawn for your children to play on, focus your search on single family homes rather than townhomes. In urban areas there is often the issue of traffic noise. Single family homes in the suburbs are generally less expensive. You can get more square footage if you’re willing to drive a little ways to get into the city.
6) Be Alert Towards Unseen Problems
There are certain features about a home that can make it the house of your dreams or the nightmare you never wanted to have. Look at houses with an open but realistic mind. Remember paint colors and landscaping can be changed. You might even be able to increase the size of a house but that will not be an inexpensive project. When you’re looking for a home, think about what you expect from that house.
7) Think Ahead and Plan for the Future
Do you plan to live there as a single person or a newly married couple? Are you looking for a home where you can raise your family? Are you house hunting because it’s time to downsize? The answer to questions such as those just mentioned are a factor in determining how many bedrooms and bathrooms you need in your home as well as how large you want the kitchen and family room to be. You also need to think about how you want to use the exterior space.
Finding the house that’s right for you will be much easier if you take a little time to assess your location preference, budget and lifestyle. Mackay homes has many amazing houses for “everyone’s pocket”. As many homeowners will tell you, once you walk into the right house, you’ll know you’ve found the one that’s right for you.