Since the recent little spike in the economy more people are looking to buy or build a new house. It is not like the good old days where if you wanted it you could get it. The fall of the banking industry has lead to some strict restrictions and qualifications in order to get pre approved for a home loan these days. However this will not be the focus of this article. In this article I am going to explain what you should look for when you are on your new house hunt.
Location, Location, Location
I'm sure you have heard the three most important factors of starting a business and they were known as location, location and location. Well in business this may not be as true anymore with the advancement of the internet but as for housing it is everything. You want to find a house in an area you are comfortable with. You can find some great deals in good area with bad schools but if you have children this may not be the right choice for you. Look at the school system and the area as far as shopping or anything else you may want to have around your new home.
Next we want to consider some factors regarding the situation of the home. First look t the access to the home. Is the driveway to steep or cracking a lot? What about the elevation of the home? Is it too steep to cut the lawn or for your children or pets to play on. Check the windows and the closeness of the homes nearby are you right on top of your neighbor or are you looking right into their windows?
Take a good look at the neighborhood.
This was one of my mistakes when I bought my first home. I started to walk around the neighborhood about a month after we had moved in and noticed how trashy the people left there yards and how some of them did not take care of the exterior of their house. You will want to check out the neighborhood upon buying a home. Make sure it safe to walk around and you kids can play in the back yard. Drive around and see how well people take care of the yard. Check to see if there are a bunch of old cars sitting in the driveway half put together. These things are actually very important when it comes to the value of your house so be sure to check them out.
The floor Plan.
This will make or break your new home. The floor plan has to be good for you. Does it have enough bedrooms? How is the kitchen does it need updating or is the work space just terrible? Check at the living room make sure you have a spot to put your furnishings. These are very important factors to consider so you will not end up hating your home because it is not functional to your liking.
Those are the main tips to consider when buying your home. Above all the last tips I can give you is use some good common sense and your instincts and do your research to make sure you get your perfect home.