5 Tips for Home Buyers Looking For The Perfect Place
It’s time for you to buy a home - and not just any home, but the perfect spot for you. This takes time, some savviness, and a bit of a commitment, but is worth it in the end when you can put your feet up in your new space and feel like you’re right where you belong. Looking for and finding the perfect place is a process, to say the least, but it doesn’t have to be a struggle. To help you along your journey to securing your new home, below are 5 tips for home buyers looking for the perfect place.
Location, location, location
To start off, know where it is you would like to live and be as specific as possible. For instance, if you’re looking to move to Florida, are you interested in Miami on the east coast or Tampa on the west coast? Are you looking to live in a downtown area, or in a suburb? These decisions are personal and based on your lifestyle, familial situation, pets, career, general preferences, among other things. Finding the perfect home hinges on knowing what your “perfect” location is. Find this first!
Know your budget
Fitting a home purchase into your budget (and not using the entire budget on the purchase) is part of finding the perfect home as well. You are looking at a purchase that is inherently based on your day-to-day living situation - a home - so considering your finances carefully when crafting your budget for your purchase is critical for making sure your comfort and mental health are sound. Your perfect home is not the one that makes you nervous! The perfect home for you fits into your budget with some left over for unforeseen renovations, a home inspection, and what have you. This also narrows your search in the location of your choice, which gets you one step closer to finding the home you want and need.
Bedrooms and bathrooms
Size matters when it comes to your perfect home, and generally speaking, one of the first descriptions regarding a home for sale is how many bathrooms and how many bedrooms are available. This is because the numbers that are associated with these rooms are a solid indication of the size of a home. Based on you or your family’s needs, each bedroom and bathroom should meet those needs adequately. If your perfect home has a guest bedroom and bathroom, account for that as well if you can fit it in your budget! Fortunately, with home hunting you have the power to meet the needs you’ve been missing or always wanted.
When you’ve narrowed your search and found some homes to look at based on location, price, and size, you’ll start actually seeing the homes that meet your criteria in person. While of course, you are looking for your dream home, be realistic. Every home will have a few blemishes here and there, or one or two things that you would like to change immediately or eventually - and that’s totally expected, and okay, even for a dream home. Make sure to approach homes with some flexibility, so you don’t miss out on the opportunity that ultimately suits you.
Follow your gut
Sometimes, you may find yourself falling in love with a place you approached thinking there was no way you would be interested. It’s important to look at places in person for this reason, and to lift the expectations you have going into a showing because sometimes, your gut just says a place is right, and you have to go with it! As long as you can justify your decision with the basic criteria above, your gut should have the final say.
Finding the perfect home is certainly a process, but a home buyer already has the answers! You know what you need and want for your life and family. Following these tips will help you and the home that meets all your needs to find each other.