15 Top Tips Every Homebuyer Should Consider

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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.

Homes Features

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.

Structural Walls
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.  

Pantry Space
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?

Pet Friendly
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.

Kitchen Garbage
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?  

Post Offer

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.

Final Thoughts

Purchasing a home is a major financial decision! Consider these questions as you begin or as you go through your home search.  



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Steve Bracero is a Real Estate Agent in Worcester County, Massachusetts and Real Estate Investor. Blog Topics include: Investing in Real Estate, Helpful Tips on House Hunting and Selling Homes. Areas of service include: Ashland, Blackstone, Douglas, Franklin, Grafton, Hopkinton, Hopedale, Medway, Milford, Millbury, Northboro, Northbridge, Shrewsbury, Southboro, Sutton, Westboro, Whitinsville, Worcester, Upton and Uxbridge.


Steve Bracero
Real Estate Agent, Heisler & Mattson
774-232-2526 | steve.bracero@heislerandmattson.com | www.stevebracerorealestate.com | 182 Turnpike Rd #209, Westborough, MA 01581



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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Steve

There are some good suggestions here for home buyers. Some don't really consider their needs as well as they should and instead get focused on the wants.



Jul 19, 2017 09:44 PM #1
Rick Frissell
HomeXpress Realty - Valrico, FL
aka "The Red Baron of Real Estate"

I like your list.  This could make a nice handout in a beginning relationship with a buyer.  Thanks for putting this together.


Jul 20, 2017 02:58 AM #2
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks, Steve.  These are excellent items that buyers should consider when choosing their next home.

Jul 20, 2017 05:11 AM #3
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Great suggestions...we would suggest going a step further in some cases...i.e. what can be done to deaden the sound....does wireless mean new wiring....what can be done...who can do it .....and get quotes for the things most important to the buyer(s).

Jul 23, 2017 01:33 PM #4
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Great suggestions in this blog post. I rally appreciate you following my blog, Steve.

Jul 23, 2017 07:42 PM #5
Steve Bracero
Heisler and Mattson - Shrewsbury, MA
First Time Homebuyer and Investor Specialist

Hi Debbie Reynolds , absolutely!

Jul 23, 2017 08:35 PM #6
Shahar Hillel
Augusta Financial Inc. - Stevenson Ranch, CA
Mortgage Consultant, Loan Officer.


Great tips for home buyers to consider.


Jul 30, 2017 12:58 AM #7
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

That's interesting about Starbucks and Whole Foods. I've also read that homes within a short distance from a Wal Mart sell for more. Seems funny to me, since I think living far from town is the best idea.

Your tips on choosing a kitchen are some that I think many overlook - much to their later dismay.

Aug 05, 2017 07:17 AM #8
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