House hunting is often a combination of excitement and anxiety. Sometimes the rush of finding a new property is often clouded by the anxiety of being overwhelmed by options. To make your house hunting experience a positive one, use a list that will help you identify the most important things in your new house.
Here are five things you need to consider to help you narrow down your choices.
When looking for houses, it’s important to make sure the options you pick are accessible. If you have a family member who has a mobile disability, it may not be the best idea to look at houses with stairs. The ideal one, in this case, is one that is fully on the ground floor and won’t give anyone trouble accessing it.
Also, think about houses that don’t have entryway stairs and porch stairs, and even if they do, check whether they have a ramp or other means of easy access. With roughly two to three out of 1,000 children born with hearing loss in one or both ears in America, make sure that your house will be easily accessible to all family members, regardless of any condition they may have.
Design & Layout
The layout and design is another important aspect to give consideration. Make sure that it’s a practical house for your family and needs. If you are getting the help of a realtor to find your ideal house, let them know about your most important design considerations. Do you need extra bathrooms or is your family small enough to make do with one and a half baths? Is the lighting going to work for your needs or will you have to add extra windows? Think about the layout you need your ideal house to have, and then use this as one item on your checklist.
Perhaps the most important consideration is the cost of the house. You don’t have to look at expensive houses that go way beyond your budget, as this will strain your finances. Give your realtor a price range and let them know if you’re willing to compromise and go slightly higher in certain conditions. Otherwise, don’t waste precious time looking at houses that you won’t afford in the end. American households, as of January 2019, owed a whopping $9.12 trillion in mortgage debt. Avoid getting yourself into a position where you won’t be able to manage your payments by sticking to what you can afford.
The location of your new house should be given serious thought. If you have a job or a business, you should find a house in a location that won’t compromise your ability to keep doing your job or running your business. If your children attend school, think about the school district of the place you are looking for houses in. Don’t pull them out of a good school to take them to one with fewer amenities and is of a lower standard than they left.
It’s important to make sure that you like the neighborhood your new house is in. Make sure that it’s safe and allows your family to keep living as they were; or, try to upgrade. With boundary disputes constituting about 17% of real estate issues that arise between neighbors, you don’t want to end up in a neighborhood where there is constant bickering. A well-spaced neighborhood will make it easier to peacefully coexist with your neighbors.
Work with your realtor to come up with a final selection that appeals to you and ticks the important items mentioned above. Since you will probably be spending a long time in your new house, take the time to choose it well for you and your family.