Searching For A New Home: How To Find The Perfect House
Looking for a new home is a complicated business. There are so many factors to consider, including the type of property you would feel comfortable in, the style of building you would like to live in, how much you can afford to pay, the amenities and transport links in the local area, and whether it will be near enough to work or to school. The difficulties increase with each member of the family that needs to be considered. If there are two of you who work in different places, where will you both be able to commute to work from? If you have (or are planning to have children) will they be close enough to a good school? If you have a dog will the garden be big enough?
Before you even begin looking at actual houses you should work out what you will be looking for. What are the essential requirements for your dream home, and what would you like to have but could do without? Are there any features that would completely put you off a house, or which you wouldn’t like but could cope with?
You should think about what you are looking for both in the house itself and in its location. Features you might want to consider include the numbers of bedrooms and bathrooms, the style of the property, the sizes of the rooms, and the atmosphere of the neighborhood. You might also be looking for a property with specific features, for example you might be dreaming of having your own pool, or desperate for a stunning view.
Once you know what you want, you should work out what you can afford, and where you should look for your new home. You probably have some ides of location already- for example a region or a city in which you will be working, or where you have friends and relatives. You now need to narrow this down to particular neighborhoods. This means finding out what the different parts of the area are like, what sort of properties are available in them, and how much they are likely to sell for. You will need to know what your own budget is, including how much you will be able to borrow and how large your deposit will be. You should be able to get pre-approved for a mortgage before you choose your new home, so you will know exactly how much you have available to spend.
There are a number of different places where you can find out about homes for sale. The most obvious way is to visit the realtors who serve the areas you are interested in. They will be able to tell you about any properties they have on offer that meet your requirements. You can also take the initiative and look around for yourself. Houses are often advertised in local newspapers, and there are plenty of websites that will allow you to search for homes that match your criteria. It can also be a good idea to drive or walk through any neighborhood that you are particularly interested in as you may catch sight of a “for sale” sign. Even if you don’t find anything new this will give you a chance to take a quick look at any properties you have already heard about, and to get a feel for the area.
Looking for yourself can bring properties to your attention that you will be able to follow up with the relevant realtor, but you could also come across something that is being sold privately. If you do decide to find out more about such a property, or even to make an offer on one, then you should make sure you are dealing with a trustworthy seller. Get legal advice and make sure that you understand the contracts you sign, particularly what will happen to your deposit if the sale falls through.
You should always make sure that you know what you are letting yourself in for before you buy a new house. Get a thorough, professional inspection in order to uncover any hidden problems that could be costly to get fixed, and don’t let yourself get carried away by emotion, and don’t make any snap decisions.
It is rarely a good idea to agree to buy a house on the day that you see it, or to buy the first place that you look at. Make sure you are making the right choice. Keep a clear head and don’t let your love for what seems like a dream house tempt you into buying something that will turn out to be a nightmare to live in.