Shopping For A New Home? What You Should Look For In Your New Forever Home

Posted on: 5 November 2020

There are a lot of houses on the market, some go rather quickly, which means you have to act fast. Acting too fast without doing your homework first can lead to you being in a home that you may not exactly be pleased with. You should have a checklist first of what you want in your home/neighborhood. Read on for a few things you should consider when shopping for your new home.

The Neighborhood

If you aren't new to the area, you may already know which neighborhoods you want to live in and which you want to steer clear of. You should have a list of neighborhoods that you want to live in, which ones you may be able to settle in, and which ones you definitely don't even want to look at. If you aren't from the area at all, you may want to do some research on the neighborhoods and see how much crime they have and other things about the neighborhood before you attempt to buy a home there.

The School System

If you have children, this is very important. You should look into the school system to see what they have, what type of grade the school itself has, what sports they have available, and other things about the school as well. If you're looking for a great academic school, you need to investigate these things before you buy a home in a neighborhood that has a poor school system, or you end up with a school system that doesn't offer any sports or extra-curricular activities at all.

The Neighbors

The neighbors around your home, in addition to the neighborhood, are also important. Sure, people move in and out often, but you don't want to be stuck living next door to the guy that has the garage band that plays at all hours of the night or the neighbor that doesn't take care of their lawn and has trash strewn about. These people may end up moving at some point, or you may have to deal with them for years to come.

The House Itself

Of course, the house itself is something you need to look into as well. Just looking at a house at face-value isn't going to tell you if the house has any real problems. If you don't have the house inspected by a professional home inspection company, you could end up with a house that has all types of issues that you are now going to be responsible for. If you have a house with mold, for instance, you will be responsible for getting rid of the mold. If you have a house with a sinking foundation, this can be an expensive repair. Be sure to have the home you are looking at buying inspected.

Shopping for a new home is exciting. Don't go in with blinders on and end up with a home that you feel you are stuck with, as opposed to being in a home you are happy to be in. Talk to your realtor about what you want in a home to help you narrow down your options.

For more information, check out resources like Vickie Gallimore: RE/MAX Central Realty.