Everyone’s dream is to have a house they can call their own. Despite the ongoing economic fluctuations, we still strive to save a little bit of our incomes to save up for a house. Some may consider it an important investment but some say that it is a dead one. But no matter what we think about it, we still need a roof over our heads to serve as our shelter. For 2012, one of the major things we are considering is buying a new home.
There are actually some important things to consider in buying a home. As for me who is an aspiring homeowner in the future, I wanted to share my thoughts on factors to consider in choosing your home. First on the list will be location. It is known that once you have settled in a place you will not be able to change the geography for it is already fixed. You should consider the place’s proximity to your job, to schools, to parks, shops and supermarkets, and also to public transport plus other major important establishments. You’ll also want to consider the cost of living in your chosen location. You can find information for pretty much anywhere across the country by heading online; this page here, for example, will show you specific statistics for Fairhope, Alabama, which would be useful for those relocating there. Next is situation factors, beyond the location, you should also check the existing condition of your prospective new home. Is it situated properly on the lot? Does it give you enough space to do your gardening and other outside activities? Does your new home give you a nice view? Has it been well maintained? If it looks like it needs some work, it might put you off. Alternatively, you might be looking for a fixer-upper. You can usually tell from the outside whether a property has been looked after – rotten windows, peeling paint and missing roof tiles are all a sign of poor maintenance. This can be great if you’re on a budget, however, as it will mean the house is cheaper. You can then contact a company like Great Lakes Building Concepts in Grand Rapids to have things like your roof repaired exactly how you want it.
The list of questions, when it comes to getting a new house can be endless, and if you are not an experienced home buyer this can turn out to be a hard task. Therefore, what you can do before setting out to find your dream house is to look for a real estate agent. A real estate agent can prove to be helpful most of the time. However, if you wish to know more about the benefits of using a real estate agent, you can read it from real estate publications like Landlord Today.
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Another essential factor consider in choosing your home will be the neighborhood. Let’s admit that more that the house itself, the neighborhood is a deciding component. The neighborhood should be safe enough night and day not only for adults but especially for children. Is it safe for people to walk and run around, to bike, for children to play outside the yards? Of course the crime rate in the area should be at a minimum level, that is why for the latest listings we should see St Louis homes for sale to get an idea of the safest neighborhoods to check out. Lastly on my list will be the size and floor plan of the house. We all want a grand home, who doesn’t? Most especially if it’s going to be out of our own hard earned money but the question is, is it practical? We should choose a floor plan that fits our lifestyle. The size and number of bedrooms and bath will depend on the family size. We don’t want a home that will only give us useless space that we could have used for other purposes.
Finding your home is like finding your partner, you will never be able to settle until your find the right one. Happy house hunting!
*I am participating in a blogger campaign by Bucks2Blog for St Louis homes for sale and was compensated. However, the views and opinions are my own.
Thank you for sharing these tips! I'm currently looking for Manila condo units. These came in super handy.
William Wagner says
These are the things that you should consider before buying a home. Services such as Conveyancing Bayswater might help as well.