What the House-Hunter Needs to Consider11/19/2018
If you’re out looking for a new home, chances are that you might be stressed. House-hunting is stressful. You go from home to home without much luck usually. Either the market is too competitive, you can’t find anything that fits comfortably in your budget, or you’re just not seeing any houses that are the right fit for your family. To make it easier, there are some things that are extremely important to consider when buying a house and others that you shouldn’t worry about. That way, you can let some of the stress go.
1. Location, Location, Location
If you’re going to pay attention to one thing when you’re buying a house, pay attention to the location of where the house is. You can change everything else about the house, but the one thing that you can’t change is where it is located. Make sure that it’s in a place where you feel comfortable. You don’t want to be too far from the school where you kids go or too far from work. You also want to make sure that you end up in the right neighborhood since you’ll be stuck with the neighbors that you get. Only look at the homes that are in areas that you would actually want to live so that you don’t complicate things and give yourself unneeded stress.
2. Make a List of “Necessaries”
Before you go out to look at homes, have a list of things that you know you can’t compromise on. If you’re moving because you want a bigger home, then make sure that you don’t compromise on the number of rooms that the house has. Your list should be things that you know that you have no other option but to get it. If a house doesn’t have it, then the house is a deal-breaker. If you’re looking for a pool, first compare swimming pool pricing with the cost of homes that have pools included. Or see if you could compromise some other way. Just make sure that you don’t scratch out a home for something that you could have compromised on.
3. Ignore the Little Things
When you first walk into a house, you’ll be tempted to look at every single detail of the home to see if it’s worth it. But that might not be the best approach. Instead, look at the big things and ignore the little things. If there’s a room that’s painted the wrong color or has wallpaper that you don’t like, don’t fret. That is a quick and easy fix. You can easily repaint that wrong and customize it to something that you like more. If you look to the backyard and you’re not a fan of the landscaping, that’s okay too. Landscaping is also relatively easy to fix. You can always get outside with the family one weekend and make it a family project to personalize the backyard.
4. Look for the Big Things
What you want to pay more attention to are the bigger things. This includes things like the plumbing in the home. When you go to see the house, ask about the plumbing and see how old the pipes are and how reliable the plumbing is. You don’t want to get stuck in a house that has faulty plumbing that you’ll need to replace within a year. You also what to make sure that all the major appliances in the home are relatively new. Ask about the water heater (and keep in mind that they only last about 12 years on average) and the heater and the cooler to make sure that everything will work during the hot and the cold months. Make sure that you make a note of the big things and overlook the little things.
Finding a home doesn’t have to be as stressful as everyone makes it out to be. If you look for the right things and ignore what doesn't matter as much, then your house-hunting will be a breeze.
SOURCE: REALTY TIMES- by Mikkee Mills