WHAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU?
The decision to buy a home is exciting! To have the best experience possible, consider the following:
What can you afford?
Shopping for homes that are beyond your budget can only lead to frustration and disappointment. Best bet? Get a pre-approved mortgage before you start along with a forecasted monthly budget range that includes a sound estimate of your taxes, utilities & household expenses. In addition, make sure you budget in the must have upgrades – signature design extras like a fabulous stand-alone tub or an outstanding fireplace centerpiece – that will have you falling in love with your home every day. Add these together for a realistic price range to start your search.
What is your time horizon?
Do you need to consider whether you’re having children or is this a short term launchpad into something different, bigger? What about family and friends – will they be visiting and staying over and if so, for how long? These considerations can make the difference in what size of home you are searching for.
Distance from work?
Where you work and how much time you’re willing to spend getting there will help you decide the best place to buy.
Sports, community services, schools, daycare?
What is the quality and availability of these and how important are they to you? Do your research now rather than be frustrated down the road.
Is date night weekly or every 6 months? Do you like to try new restaurants or rather eat at home? Are movies your thing and if so, where is the theatre? When do you go shopping and what do you like to buy? Considering these lifestyle choices in advance can help turn your new home into your dream home experience.
How much time do you want to spend maintaining your home?
The bigger you go, the more maintenance you’ll have.