5 Things To Think About When Buying A New Home

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When buying a new home things can easily get overlooked; here are some important things to keep in mind before you decide to buy:

Ask plenty of questions before buying

  • Why is the previous owner moving?
  • Are there a lot of repairs to be made? (Remember to get a thorough inspection done before buying)
  • How long did the previous owner live there before moving? 
  • Is it in your budget to buy a new home?
  • How old are the appliances in the home? 
  • Are there any problems with the pluming?

What do you want out of your new home?

  • Do want a big or small home?
  • Do you want big bedrooms?
  • Do you want a large kitchen?
  • Do you want a large yard?

Don’t get too lost in the little details

  • It’s good for you to know what you want out of your new home, but sometimes home-buyers get too specific with what they want, and end up annoyed when a house doesn’t have what they want. Sometimes your wants must be sacrificed for things you absolutely need.
  • Just because the inside of the house has an ugly paint job, or wallpaper doesn’t mean you can’t change it later on.

Look at the neighborhood

  • It’s important to look at the neighborhood you may be living in. You don’t want to end up buying a home in a neighborhood you dislike.
    • Is your home close to a grocery store?
    • Is it close to work?
    • Is the neighborhood quiet?
    • What is crime like in and around the neighborhood?
    • If you have children – is there a school nearby?

Think about the future

  • Do you plan on having children?
  • How long do plan on living in that spot?
  • Do you plan on hosting family/friend gatherings? 
  • How much space will you need for storage?

A lot can go into buying a new home. Sometimes a buyer can get too lost in the little things and forget some crucial parts of the home-buying experience that could keep you from spending too much in the present and the future. Hopefully the above points will ensure that your home buying experience goes smoothly.