Buying a home is one of the most exciting joys in this life, whether it’s your first home or twentieth. Finding your ideal property should be a fulfilling and positive experience. That’s why we have gathered several common sense tips that will help you get the most out of this process.
Aim for the long-term range
Buying a real estate property is always considered a long-term investment. But even if you buy it purely as an investment and don’t plan to spend in it the rest of your life, you should still consider making it feel like home.
God knows not all of us have a 20-year plan or even 10-year plan for our life. But based on your current situation you can still make some plans for the forthcoming several years. From a new childbirth to another child coming back home after graduation, your life can change in the next several years. And it makes sense to be prepared for such changes and make enough room for everybody to feel comfortable in this new home.
Try to purchase a house with an open plan. Whether you are starting a family or planning on expanding one, you need to have as many universal spaces as possible. There will be times when you will need your house to serve as a home, party space, working space, place for family reunions, office, and anything in between. So you should keep in mind that the rooms in the house may change their functions with time, and some spaces will need to be converted to something else or completely remodeled or rebuilt. It’s also good to leave some space for additions to the house or around it.
Family life is an ever-changing concept, so a family house also should be flexible and potentially accommodating to all possible needs. So keep in mind some flexibility when you are looking at those properties.
Location is the key
We are not referring only to the town you choose to buy your house in. You need to take into account such important factors as the proximity of a commute route to the house, its distance from work, the possibility of traffic jams, proximity to schools, churches, and other important functional destinations.
At the same time, you need to carefully look at the neighborhood and imagine yourself living there. Would you feel comfortable with the community around this particular house?
Another important aspect is the comfort of living. This includes noise pollution, proximity to roads, clean air and safety in general. One thing is living along the road and another is living in a secluded cul-de-sac. Although the latter is more expensive as a rule, it makes a much safer and more pleasant surrounding for living in the long run.
Make a list
It helps to create a list of the most important things you are looking for in a house and use these criteria for sifting out all the unfit options. With the internet nowadays, you have such an unlimited pool of available options. Shopping for houses has become fun. It seems like you have myriads of opportunities to find your dream home. You do. But be careful not to get lost and distracted by these numerous options and in the end get frustrated. Use your checklist to discard the ones that will most definitely not work for you, prior to calling agents and going to see the houses. Otherwise, you will end up spending too much time looking at houses and your eyesight will become mulled. Having too many choices may seem like a good thing, but in reality, it is not. An ideal situation is to narrow them down to 2-3 houses and choosing from them.
Make sure to view several at a time
It seems a good idea to view one house at a time. However, when you do this, you forget the real picture of the house the next day and have a blurred fantasy instead. So when you compare it to the next one, it is not objective. Try to view several houses at a time, so that you could go off fresh impressions.
In most cases, people end up buying a house that differs drastically from the initial picture they had in mind. So make a list, keep it in mind (or have it with you) and try to stay open-minded when you go and look at houses. The variety of properties available for sale nowadays is crazy, in terms of design ideas and structural features, so you can rest assured your ideal dream home is out there waiting for you.