Sometimes it can be diffuclt to know where to start when you are beginning to look at homes, so hopefully this can help give you some ideas as to what will help you find a home you love!
1. Start with your non-negotiables
What is it in a home that you must have? I’m talking about the areas of a house that you would never want to do without. Maybe it’s having a pool for hot summers or maybe you need an open floor plan. You should decide what your non-negotiables are first so you will be able to narrow down your search from there.
2. Explore the areas of the city you want to live in
Without seeing it for yourself, you might not be able to know exactly where it is you want to live. Take a day or two to travel around the city that you see yourself living in. What areas stand out to you and why? Discovering why certain areas appeal to you (whether that be access to schools or proximity to great food and shopping malls) will help you figure out what is important to you as far as location goes.
3. Find a real estate agent to help guide you
I’ll say it once and I’ll say it again, having an agent work for you during the home buying process is something that will only benefit you. As a buyer, an agent will work at no cost to you at all, so why not take the extra help? Working with an agent will let you expand on the homes you’re able to see, but it will also give you an extra pair of eyes to look out for any red flags that could come up as well.
4. Understand that no home will have everything you want
I know it can be tempting to continue to look at homes until one seems to fit every inch of your criteria. However, homes will likely not work out that way. You’ll find homes that fit 80% or even 90% of what you want in a house, and if you find that 100% then I couldn’t be happier for you. But chances are, you’ll want to do renovations anyways, so keep that in mind when looking for the “perfect” home. Remember, you’re buying a house, and once you make it your own, that’s when it becomes your true home.
5. Visualize if you can actually see yourself living there
If you step into a home and it feels unnatural, you’re probably experiencing a disconnect with that house. Sometimes we like aspects of a home that are familiar to us. Reflect back to any past homes or apartments that you’ve lived in. What did you like about those and how does the home you are looking at now compare? Are you able to visualize yourself living there, making breakfast in the morning at that kitchen and decorating the space with your ow furniture? If that answer is no, I would suggest trying to see if your agent is able to help you visualize it. Seeing a home virtually staged a great way to get a better feel for the place if you feel you need a little extra help!
That’s all I have for you today, but I hope you learned more about ways you can gain some clarity while looking for a home. Buying a home is such a special process, and you deserve to enjoy every step of the way!