Love Where You Live: Tips to Finding Your Dream Home
Finding your dream home is much like dating and falling in love. It takes patience, persistence, compromise, magical butterflies, and a little bit of elbow grease. Taking the time to research and laying out a blueprint for exactly what you want will make the process of buying your dream home easier than landing the partner of your dreams.
What kind of home are you looking for? Take a look at some of the design styles around town. What calls out to you most? Do you prefer a one-story ranch style home, a small Craftsmen, a southern style country home, or something with a modern twist?
Think about the future. Always consider what your life will be like in 5 years. Will you need extra room for a family or a home-based business? Make sure to always look at homes that fit within your budget while also offering room for growth.
Make a list of deal-breakers and nice to have. What must home have for you to even consider moving in? A fireplace? Garden tub? Two car garage? Dishwasher? Now consider the things you’d like to have, but don’t necessarily need.
What area of town do you want to be in? Know your neighborhood! Are you trying to stay away from an HOA? Are you interested in a community pool or boat dock? Is the home in a desirable school district? Is the neighborhood close to your doctors or extracurricular activities? Take a drive through the neighborhood at night. Do you like what you see? Or are you looking for something way out in the country?
Fixer-upper or Move-in-ready? Are you willing to put in the effort to fix flaws yourself or do you want a move-in ready home that needs absolutely no work done at all?Follow these tips above and ask yourself these questions when the hunt for your dream home begins, and you’ll be well on your way to happy days and loving where you live!