The decision whether to rent or buy a house is a big one and should not be taken lightly in any circumstance. When you do decide to take the plunge, put some useful house hunting tips into action so you find exactly what you’re looking for with the least amount of hassle.
Location is one of the key factors that goes into determining where and what house you select. Take a look at the places of employment, schools and entertainment venues that are local. Don’t select a house that has a longer commute than you are willing to make every day.
Take a look through the neighborhood where you’re contemplating moving. Look in peoples’ yards for signs that say “for sale” and, if you have interest in any of them, call the realtor to get more information about the home. Make a list of your wants and your needs. Do not confuse the two of them when searching, especially when you’re on a strict budget or have limited time to select the home you want to buy. Browse through shopping guides so you can look at the different aspects of each house.
Bring a paper and pen to each house that you look at so you can write down the positives and negatives for each home. It may also be beneficial to bring someone else such as your spouse, best friend or even your children with you to get someone else’s perspective. Someone else may see a problem that you overlooked or point out something that drastically alters your decision.
Don’t exclude a potential home or homes based solely on the square footage. Different homes have different layouts, and one with less square footage may appear larger than ones with more square footage if the layout is created just right.
Be realistic when looking for your dream home. It can be very difficult to find the perfect home to meet both your needs and wants while fitting into your budget. Look at any potential homes with an eye open for what it can be, not what it is. Remember that you can always change the paint or carpet, but you can’t relocate the windows or where the doors are.