Whether you’re ready to settle into your first home or looking to buy your fifth; are moving cross-country or cross-town, it’s smart to identify which attributes of a new home are most important to you. Be sure to sit down with your real estate agent and discuss your needs and wants for your new house.
Here are five topics to think about when buying a home:
1) What You Can’t Live Without
Our lifestyle choices are often reflected in the homes we buy. Are you a motorcycle fanatic? If so, a roomy garage would be important to you. Have a big family? You’ll likely need to buy a home with at least four bedrooms. Perhaps you or your spouse is a gourmet cook. In that case, a well-designed kitchen could be a must for you. Before your real estate agent begins a home buying search for you, he or she will want to know which home attributes you can’t live without.
2) Schools and Family Needs
The quality of school systems has long been of importance to home-buying families. If you have children or are thinking about having children in your new home, you’ll want to discuss school information and statistics with your real estate agent. Not only is it important to consider the location of your home relative to area schools, but you’ll also want to think about the quality and diversity of local school offerings. Your real estate agent can provide statistics and information about both public and private schools in all the neighborhoods in which you’re considering buying a home.
For many people, commuting from home to work and back is a necessary evil. A long commute can detract from a home-buyer’s quality of life and the time he or she gets to spend at home. Commuting should be a critical factor in home selection, because in many communities, traffic backups are increasingly common. And today, this phenomenon applies to urban, suburban and even rural areas. If having little or no commute to work is important to you, convey this to your real estate agent.
4) Community Details
Whether you hope to live in a vibrant urban neighborhood, or a charming rural town, the demographics, details and community statistics of a particular area are almost as important a consideration when buying a home as the details of the house itself. Do you want to live in the thick of the action? Prefer to get away from it all?