Whether you are a first time homeowner or you’re in the market to buy your second or third home, finding a house that is right for you is not a simple task. Some buyers take months or years to decide with house is right for them and their families. It may take even longer to find one that is within their budget. According to a recent Forbes article, there are 10 factors to determine if the current home you are looking at is the right one for you.
Think Beyond Square Ft.
If you’re thinking about side, you should really avoid basing your decision on the square footage of the house. Square feet may seem like a valid basis of comparison for people, but it is important to take into account other characteristics of a house that could determine the list price.
Don’t Look For Perfection
In looking for a house, you shouldn’t expect perfection. Nothing is perfect. Setting the bar to unreachable expectations will only lead to disappointment. Instead of expecting to find a perfect home take note of changes you would make to the home you were interested in and brainstorm ways you could make that house closer to your perfect home- such as small changes to the interior/exterior.
Consider the Current Floor Plan
Think about the floor plan of the house rather than its finishes. A home with a kitchen, living room and bedrooms the size you want is much more important than the finishes on the countertops and faucets in the house. The finishes can be changed later for a smaller price point than for knocking down walls or expanding rooms in order to manipulate space.
You might want to look through homes that are on the market. On the other hand, if you see something you really love, you may want to inquire about it, or wait for it to go on the market. If you don’t see anything you think is right or that stands out to you, hold off for more houses to come on the market. If that doesn’t happen in a right time span for you, you can either expand your searches or adjust your expectations.
For many people a house is not just a roof over their head, but a home where memories are made. Choosing a house purely based on how much it costs is not the best choice unless it provides you with everything you want and need in a home. Strike a balance with budget, and remember there are always special financing options.
Next is choosing not only the house but the neighborhood. The neighborhood encompasses the home and you would want to make sure the surroundings were comfortable for you and your family- this could provide a positive social atmosphere for them. You can also think about the “feel” of the house itself, and whether or not you can really see yourself being comfortable and at home.
In addition, there are a few final aspects you should consider in buying your home. Consider the additional costs to your home such as new furniture, and also know what aspects of a home are non-negotiable for you and your family. If you consider all of these things listed, you and your family will be on the right track to owning the home that is right for you.