Items to Consider
When we begin looking for a home, we often get wrapped up in the important details like style, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and square footage. But we don’t always consider the quality of life issues that may impact our ability to enjoy the home. Here are some other things you should keep in mind:
- Transportation is an important consideration that is often overlooked. Consider traffic jams and gas prices, and assess public transportation options and commute times.
- Public safety has loomed larger as a factor in our quality of life. Proximity to police, fire and emergency medical services has become more important.
- Off-street parking is a factor in many areas. Is there a garage? How many cars will it hold? Is there parking available when you have guests or entertain?
- Recreational facilities such as playgrounds, parks, and pools are important to many people. Are they nearby?
Be realistic. There are no perfect homes but I can get you very close! Decide what is most important to you and make sure you find a home that has the essential features you require. Be prepared to compromise on some of the items on your wish list.
Buying a home is much more permanent than renting. Purchase a home that you are prepared to keep for a while. Select a home that will be reasonable to maintain, in terms of both utilities and repairs.
These are just a few of the things to think about as you choose a new home. When you’re ready to purchase a home, we’ll talk about the steps in drafting up your offer and what to include.