Looking at a new home for sale in an attempt to find the perfect house isn’t an easy task. The list of things a buyer wants in a new home can be very long and it may be a challenge to find exactly what you are looking for in your price range. It is also a skill to be able to differentiate between the things that you are willing to give up in exchange for other things. Because buying a house is a huge investment, you want to find a home that meets as many of your specifications as possible. To find this house, you should sit down and figure out exactly what your list of “must-have’s and “ideally haves”. This way, you’ll know exactly what you are looking for and it will become much easier to compare different homes for sale. The following are a few specifications that should be considered:
- Size – One of the tricks to figuring out the square footage you want is to consider not just your present needs, but your possible future needs as well. Just because you currently have a family of three does not mean that you only need a two or three bedroom home. Consider whether you may want an extra room to use as an office or a guest room and whether your family may grow in the future, or if you plan on having older family members move in with you.
- Needs – Differentiate your needs from your wants. Maybe you need to have a two-car garage in order to house your family’s two cars. Maybe you would like to have an outdoor swimming pool but don’t necessarily need it. Write down a list of your needs – these are the features of the new home that you absolutely have to have. You should also think about whether anyone in your family has issues with mobility, whether due to a physical handicap or because of age, or if you plan on aging in place. If so, you should look for homes for sale that have implemented a universal design, without stairs perhaps, which would make the home more accessible.
- Cost – Sit down and create a budget so that you know what you can afford. Don’t just factor in the cost of the mortgage but also extra for increased heating, water, property taxes, etc. Also keep in mind that homeownership comes with additional costs such as homeowner’s insurance, maintenance and repair costs, utility costs, homeowner’s association costs (if there is a homeowner’s association), and more. Take into consideration whether the new home you are looking at is in need of renovations or whether there are features that you would want to add on or change.
- Neighborhood – You probably won’t want to look for homes for sale in bad neighborhoods with high crime rates, no matter how affordable those homes for sale may be. Some of the things to keep in mind when considering a neighborhood include the quality of the schools, the location of nearby amenities (grocery stores, banks, restaurants, etc.) and how far your daily commute will be. Generally, you want to purchase in the best neighborhood that you can afford, even if it means owning the smallest house on the block.
- Style – Yes, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but this is a house we’re talking about. You should be proud of how your house looks; after all you will be coming home to it everyday. The style of the home definitely matters, so figure out what kind fits your personal taste, whether it’s carpenter Gothic style or a more modern, split-level or open floor style.
We believe that you will be able to find your dream home at the Meadows Community in Ferndale. Contact us today!