How to ensure that you will be happy with your home purchase
It is easy to get caught up in looking at many homes and start to ignore some of the most important features of a home. When you walk into a home, ask your self, “Could I see myself walking into this house every day? Could this really be a home for me?” As cheesy as that may sound, this is a more important step than you might realize. A house is a large purchase and you are most likely going to be in your house for quite some time. When asking yourself these questions, you may just have an uncomfortable feeling that you just can’t quite put your finger on. Trust your instincts.
Lets start with exterior features of the home. Will it bother you if the house is on a busy road? Is the house placed too close to the road? Maybe it is placed far away from the road, but has a long driveway that you will have to shovel in the winter. How big is the yard? If you love to spend time gardening and taking care of a large yard, a small yard may make you feel limited. However, if you are not one for yard work or gardening, a large yard may be a disaster to keep up for you. If you have children, is there a yard that is, or can be, fenced? Will the kids be able to ride their bikes in the front yard with out worrying about the busy road?
You may also want to look into the neighborhood that you are moving into. Talk to people who are familiar with the city and get their take on the neighborhood. Read reviews on the schools if you have children, and be well educated on the area you will be moving into. When you fall in love with a home, don’t forget about what your commute to work is like. Some people don’t mind commuting an hour to work and back, but for others, it just may not be worth it.
Now lets move to the interior. Does the house really have the space that you will need? Depending on the size of your family, you may need a specific number of bedrooms and bathrooms to live comfortably. For instance, do you and your spouse really want to share a single bathroom with all of your children and any guests that come into your home? A good way to see if a house has enough space for your family is to go through your daily routines and evaluate the house from there.
You also may want to consider the future of your family. Is this house going to be able to serve your needs in 5 or 10 years? Your family may be growing or shrinking, depending on the stage of life you are in, and the house may be too big or two small for your future needs. Generally it’s not a good idea to buy a home that is going to need major remodeling in the future.
You will most likely want to use the same furniture that you already own. Will there be room for your furniture? Is the master bedroom large enough to accommodate a king sized mattress if you have one? Will your couch sets fit in the family and living rooms? While this is not a major problem, it is certainly something to consider.
Hopefully this article has stimulated your thinking and allowed you to consider some important aspects that you hadn’t thought of before or simply had been neglecting. Good luck in finding the perfect home for you!