If you are in the process of looking for a home it is easy to get overwhelmed by all of the possibilities! Don’t lose sight of the things that you need vs want in a home. This checklist will help decide if the home is the right purchase for you.
A good school district is vital when choosing a home, even if you don’t plan on having kids.
Nearest Starbucks/Whole Foods? Starbucks and Whole Foods spends substantial resources to decide where to open their doors next and strategically places their locations. You home has a higher chance of appreciation if a new location is coming in the area.
Do you know crime as well as what types happen in your neighborhood? Speak with neighbors or the local police department to find out more.
Is it safe for adults/children to walk around? Will your neighbors be welcoming? Speak with neighbors if possible about the area and why they enjoy living there. In addition is it convenient to grocery stores and highways? Consider the commute to your place of work.
Does the space work for you? Home’s may be staged very nicely but you need to look past that. Look beyond the furnishings to make sure the house has the right amount of bedrooms/ baths.
If you plan on doing major renovations, you may want to have an engineer look at the property before you buy to make sure the walls you want down, won’t bring the house down.
The kitchen is a major component of the home. With a poor kitchen layout, it may not have enough space to store everything that needs to go in the kitchen.
Know what flooring you are comfortable with before buying. Replacing floors can be expensive and a lengthy process.
Older homes may have trouble accommodating all of the latest technology. Rewiring can be expensive.
Understand sound travels through the home. Will the upstairs be loud with kids playing upstairs?
Does the space for for your animals? The house should accommodate their needs and you don’t want your animals food space to be in a bad location.
This may seem minor, but it will drive you crazy! Envision this when seeing homes and make sure it is in a convenient location.
Too much could be a maintenance headache. To little, and it could make spending time outside less than ideal.
Can you comfortably fit your vehicles? Will it be trouble having guests over?
You can learn a lot about the property from an inspection. If you chose to forgo, you will be upset when problems may arise that could have been discovered during the inspection.
Purchasing a home is a major financial decision! Consider these questions as you begin or as you go through your home search.