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Buying a house? There are top things to consider when house hunting. Be aware there are also many parts of this process that are important and necessary but not exactly “fun.” House hunting can be fun if you are prepared and have made several decisions ahead of time. Look at many houses and ask questions about each one, the neighborhoods, and the surrounding communities. The more homes you see, the easier it will be to narrow down your choices.
Here are several top things to consider when house hunting:
Set your budget at the earliest possible time. Your budget should have a range, which includes your ideal price, as well as your ceiling price in the event that you find a house that is priced a little higher than you would like. Having a budget will help you to manage your expectations. Don’t waste your time and the realtor’s time by looking at houses that you cannot afford to buy.
Location is everything! You want to be able to buy a home in a good location. That means a location that it will fit you and your families current lifestyle. Ideally you would want to be in a great neighborhood where all the conveniences are present. The commute to and from work should also be manageable. If you have a young family, it should be in a good school district.
You should buy a home that you like and that appeals to you. Don’t just buy it because it’s the cheapest place that you can find. The design should appeal to you and your family. Unless you will be furnishing from the ground up, you should also match your home with the current style that you would have. The furniture and decors should complement the architecture.
4. Utilities and Maintenance
Go beyond how the house looks and take a closer look at the total cost of owning that particular home. Does it need to be remodeled? Is the home large? The price of utilities can quickly eat up your monthly budget. Older homes may not be as energy efficient as newer ones, and they will often cost more to heat or cool.
5. Resale Value
Think of your house as an investment. You want to be able to sell it for more than you paid for it. You have to future proof it so that it doesn’t lose its value. Buy a house that has a great resale value so that your investment is protected.
6. Wants vs. Needs
Create a list of your "wants vs needs." Then review your list and determine which you can compromise on and which you will not. Refer to this list often as you tour each potential home.
Once you have reviewed the top things to consider when house hunting, you're ready to begin searching for that perfect home.
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