Buying a home is exciting, and the process can often be terrifying. Searching for your dream home, a place where living is at its best and memories are made is not difficult when you follow some guidelines. The question in the minds of many buyers is how do we know if a house if right for us? We have put together some ideas on how to determine the best house for you.
The first and only way to begin your search is to figure out how much you can afford to pay not just for the purchase of a house, but also for the monthly payment. Include in this assessment how much more you will spend on utilities and maintenance than you are spending currently. A home you cannot afford becomes a nightmare instead of a dream.
Decide on how you want to live rather than where you want to live. Focus on the features of a house that will make living in it enjoyable. Nice views are wonderful, but it is unlikely that you will enjoy the views more than you will enjoy your house. Look at the house from the viewpoint of practicality. If you have children, will they be safe in the house? Look at the amount of time required keeping up the house.
Can you imagine your furniture fitting nicely into the house? Will you need to buy more furniture? Does the house have a nice flow, or is it chopped up meaning that living in it could be frustrating. Does the house feel good? You will find some houses that just are not comfortable to be in.
Trust your intuition. Does the house impress you in the first 15 seconds, or is it depressing? Be sure to consider cosmetic repairs. Perhaps minor painting or some changes in decor will make a major difference for you. Can you imagine it being a happy house? Pay attention to your reactions as you move through the home.
You will also need to think about buying a resale home versus buying a newly constructed home. New construction will not have the same problems that older homes can have. Of course, putting in a yard and buying window treatments is an added expense. While you can get a home inspection on an older home, all of the problems may not be readily identifiable.
Ask the local police about the crime statistics for the area you are considering. Also ask the local government authorities if the neighborhood will be subject to any planned special tax assessments. Consider the quality of the schools even if you do not have children or do not plan to have children. The schools will affect the resale value of the house.
These are just some of the factors that you should consider when looking for a house to buy. A qualified realtor who is experienced in the area you want to buy can be an invaluable resource in your search for a house.