Buying A Home

Buying a home

Buying a home is a committment of both time and finances. Such a big decision should be well thought out, and carefully planned to ensure that the right decision is made for you or your family. Below are several things that you should consider and think about before purchasing a home.

  • Location: Where you want to be.
    As the old saying goes, there's three important things to think about when buying a home. Location, location, location. A home with a great location is a diamond waiting to polished. Location is so important because, of anything in a house, it's the one thing that cannot be changed. Any imperfections in the home can be remodled, redone, or revised--but the location is, well, immovable to change. Choosing a home that is close to schools, grocery stores, your work, and neighborhood atmosphere are all very important. A beautiful house that's 50 miles from the nearest grocery store just isn't as appealing as a more "lived-in" dwelling that is within walking distance to schools, grocery, and work. In a perfect world, the dream home of a white picket fence and blue shutters in walking distance of everything important is unlikely, but the point is to choose a location that suits your needs best.

  • Neighborhood
    What's the neighborhood like? Does the neighborhood meet your expectations? Are you looking for a neighborhood that is very active and friendly? Or do you prefer that people keep to themselves? Do you want the neighborhood to have kids? Is the neighborhood safe where people can walk, run, or bike? Do the neighbors keep their lawns and home looking neat and tidy, lawns are being mowed etc.? These are some of the questions you should ask yourself right after you determine what location you're looking for.

  • House Situation
    How is the house situated? For example if the home is on a hill or has multiple stories, do you want to be climbing alot of stairs? Is access to the property and home safe? i.e. Not having to climb down a rocky or slippery walkway to get to the front door. Is there enough privacy?

  • Square Footage, Size, Floor Plan
    Determine what size and floor plan suits your needs best as well as the approximate square footage you'll need. Is your dream home impractical? Plan for the future! Do you have children or do you plan to have children? Make sure there is enough space to accomodate the pitter-patter of little feet in the hallways. Is the kitchen large enough to sustain a growing family? Will you be working from home? If so is there a room large enough to contain and sustain a work environment suitable for your job? Also keep in mind that the larger a home is, the higher the heating bills will be as well as extra money to furnish and decorate all of the rooms. Be aware of what plans you have or may have for the future and modify your home search for that particular floor plan and size.

  • Curb Appeal: Lookin' good outside.
    Does the exterior of the home match your lifestyle? Would the home require alot of time and maitenance to upkeep? If you are more laid-back then it may be important to search for something more simple and contemporary. You also may need to consider if the construction is suitable for the area. Brick is easier to maintain, and may fair better in a windstorm or windy area, but wouldn't hold up well in an area that's earthquake prone. What is the condition of the roof? Will it need to be replaced soon? Be sure that you enjoy coming home to a place that you enjoy how it looks.

  • Bedrooms and Bathrooms
    This in a way is similiar to the floor plan, you'll need to plan for the future and determine how many bedrooms and bathrooms you'll really need. If you think you'll have friends and family staying over then you may want to consider having a guest bedroom. If children are in the future, then you will also need to plan for that as well. If a home is more than two stories it also may be important to have a bathroom on each floor to avoild a climb up and down stairs each time nature calls. Also, just because a room is denoted as a "bedroom" does not necessarily mean it's only intended use is for people to sleep in. A bedroom can also be used for a home office, or rompus room or anything that you would like it to used for. Define your criteria specifically on how much room you anticipate you may need.

  • The Food Preparatory (Kitchen)
    The kitchen is the heart of a home, a kitchen that is too small or inadequate will create some nasty headaches. There is the possibily of remodeling the kitchen, but usually a remodel is fairly cost prohibitive. Appliances are not a general worry as they can often be easily replaced. Will you be hosting dinner parties or holiday celebrations, for example, Thanksgiving? If so you may want a kitchen that may accomodate several people.

  • Windows and Lighting
    Do you enjoy the sunlight or do you prefer to keep your privacy? Does the master bedroom face the east so you'll be waking to the sunrise? When looking at a home keep in mind where the sunlight will be coming from and if it will interfere with any plans you may have for the home. If the office room is exposed to the sunset, you may have to contend with glare on any monitors or screens you may be using for work or play. Does the entertainment room have issues with glare? It is also important to determine if the electric lighting in the house is adequate as well. Are there enough lights and easily accessable lightswitches and fixtures? Are some of the rooms' lighting coming from ceiling lights or relying on outlet controlled lighting devices? It's not difficult to modify lighting, but it's nice to have them in place when you move in.

  • Closets and Storage How much storage do you need? Are your closets full of clothing that accessorize and are prepared for every event of the year? Or are you like some who wear the same outfit a couple times a week and have few clothes (don't look at me!)? Again, planning is important here and you have to consider not only present, but also future use of the home and the kind of space you may need to store the things you'll be aquiring over the period you've been living there. Will your home office room require some extra storage space for files? Plan for space accordingly depending on your lifestyle and for the future.

  • Refining The Look Sometimes it's the little things that make all the difference. In a houses case it's things like moldings, some neat hardware like mounted televisions or built into the counter coffee makers, or a spectacular stone fireplace. Is the home painted with a simple and inviting white color? Or a mesh of ochre hues that is cozy and warm like the color of a fire at night? The small things add up in the end!

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