For all of our house hunters, soon-to-be house hunters, and future house hunters - This one is for YOU!
Buying your first home is a big deal! Like a really BIG DEAL! It's also a pretty big investment that you have decided to take on. And we applaud you for that!
We have been helping buyers find the home of their dreams for well over 50 years. We have seen it all and learned a lot! One of the things that we have learned about first time home buyers is that many times, they struggle with where to focus when they are looking at homes.
Maybe you start to feel overwhelmed and forget all about your house hunting priorities (whether you are close enough to work, that you have a backyard for your dog, or that you have the perfect clawfoot tub to relax in at the end of your busy work day - after all, you are a new homeowner with a mortgage to pay).
Our goal today is to help you stay ahead of the game and to teach you how to stay focused on the important things so that you buy a house that fits your lifestyle.
The #1 Thing to Focus on While House Hunting: The Things You Can't Change!
When you are with your Coldwell Banker Gosslee agent - going from house to house, it can be easy to get wrapped up in things like home decor, color of the walls, and the kitchen cabinets. BUT, remember that those are all things that can be changed.
If you don't like the carpet - you can change it down the road. If the lights fixtures are not your style - you can also change that down the road.
So What Can't Be Changed?
How will the location of the home play a role in your lifestyle? Are you comfortable with the driving distance from there to work? Do you have the amenities you want nearby? Are you going to with you chose a home in the location you really loved?
Before house hunting, take some time to drive around. Check out different the neighborhoods you're considering and see what they're like at different times of the day. Do the drive from there to your work place to see if it's a reasonable amount of time for you.
Check out the local amenities or the downtown to see what they have to offer. If you're wanting nearby restaurant and takeout options, make sure they have what you're looking for.
Remember, you can change just about anything in your home but the location is what you are stuck with.
While a layout can definitely be altered, this is going to be a much mroe invasive (and costly) remodeling project than some paint updates or flooring replacement.
Think about the lifestyle when it comes to the layout. If you love hosting and entertaining, then you are probably going to want a kitchen that has some room to gather. You might even make "Open Concept" an absolute must on your priorities list.
Think about bedroom and bathroom location - if you have children, are the bedrooms laid out the way you prefer? Whether you want them on their own side of the house or if you want them upstairs, keep in mind how the house flows.
The Square Footage.
One more feature that can't be changed. You could always put on an addition but that is going to be something you're doing when you plan on staying for quite awhile and have the money to do it.
So think about things like - how much space do you really need? If you are moving because you need more room, then make sure the house you are buying has more room than your current home.
The #1 thing you want to focus on while house hunting are the things you cannot change!
Do your due diligence in creating your house hunting wish list and include the things that are true deal breakers.
Determine how much work you are willing to put into a house - are you all DIY or "I"m not even picking up a paint brush"?
When you have these major categories at the forefront of your mind, you'll be on your wayt to making smart real estate decisions and buying a house with confidence.
Thanks for stopping in to read our home buyer tip of the day!
We'd love to know - what is your biggest question about the home buying or selling process?
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