There’s a certain sense of excitement that accompanies the idea of house hunting. Perhaps it’s the idea of a new beginning, whether it’s moving out of your college dorm into a condo, trading your apartment for your first home, or finding a home that better suits your needs.
While house hunting can definitely be a matter of the heart, it’s always smart to use your head and stick to logic instead of lofty and potentially detrimental ideals. We have compiled a list of 9 handy tips for you to keep in mind when you look for your perfect home. Check them out below!
Think About the Long Haul – When you begin looking for a home, you’ll want to search for one that you are able to see yourself living in for several years or even 5 or so years at the very least. Staying in a home for a longer period of time can help you avoid the costly and time-consuming process of buying and moving over and over again. Besides, extra time that you spend in the home can be just enough to help you weather a downturn in the real estate market.
Leave Room to Grow – If you can afford to, aim for a home that can adapt to your needs however your life changes. You might want additional room if you decide to start a family or if a friend or relative needs to rely on you for boarding for a while. If you aren’t able to afford a home that will meet your anticipated needs, at least look for one that will allow you to build on later.
Pursue Your Type – Homes are not one-size-fits-all. There are several styles of homes out there in many different sizes. Are you thinking of purchasing a single-family home, or would a condo or townhome better suit your needs? If you’re looking for a single-family home, then you will need to maintain the home and the property. If you don’t want to have to deal with mowing a lawn, fixing the plumbing, and all those other issues, a condo might be a great idea, but you will need to keep in mind that you’ll have neighbors right next door to you. Weigh the pros and cons and see what suits you the best!
Know the Neighborhood – When you’re buying a house, you need to consider not jus the house itself but also the neighborhood in which the house is located. Think about whether the neighborhood that the house is in will suit you. Keep loud neighbors, barking dogs, and any large facilities nearby such as schools, churches, or hospitals in mind. Take into account the feel of the neighborhood and how safe it is. It is essential to find a home in a community that you will feel safe in and enjoy!
Accept Imperfections – Several home owners or potential home owners go house hunting thinking that there is an absolutely perfect home. We might dismiss a home if a bathroom is laid out strangely, if there are no walk-in closets, or if the washer and dryer hookups are in the basement. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as the perfect house. You’ll always find an imperfection or a downside to each property you look at. Remember to take the bad or troublesome with all of the good you see and see which side outweighs the other when you consider purchasing a property.
Stick to Your Budget – It’s so easy to overspend when you’re in the hunt for a home. You want the best that your money can buy, and that might lead you to look at (and fall in love with) homes you truly cannot afford, which will lead to heartbreak. Examine your finances first and stick to a budget. It’s smart to buy a home that you can easily afford, especially if unexpected financial commitments and problems arise later on.
Look at Old and New Homes – It’s definitely nice to be able to move into a place that’s brand-new and never has had an owner. It’s like being given a clean canvas, ready for you to create your own masterpiece. New isn’t always better, however. While you’re house hunting, consider looking at both old and new. Old homes can have quite a bit of charm, and you can always add your own touches and upgrades when you purchase the property.
Consider Location – Perhaps the most important aspect of a home is its location. You might find a home that you absolutely adore, but it might be located in a very unsafe area or on a very busy street. Before taking a look at the home’s interior, sharply consider its location FIRST.
Find a Passionate Agent – An essential piece to the puzzle when it comes to finding that perfect home for you is to have a passionate real estate agent on your side. Make sure to find someone who knows the area thoroughly, who can answer all of your tough questions, ground you, find what you really need and want, and who will listen to your concerns and desires. If you’re looking for a home in the Metro East St. Louis region, the Massey Team is the perfect choice for you! We will be able to locate the perfect home for you and will look after your best interest first.
Are you ready to begin your search for the perfect home for you? Start by calling us at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298! You can also get a head-start on your research by checking out our listings at www.dianamasseyhomes.com. We look forward to hearing from you!