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Hunting for a new home can easily elicit mixed reactions due to the pressure that comes with it. You may be stuck in what to look for and where to start your search. Here are some tips that will guide you and simplify the process.
Location of the home
Choosing the right home starts with the neighborhood. While many factors in and around your house can be changed, the location is permanent. Every neighborhood has a particular character that depends on the people living there. You should look at you personality and see if it fits in the neighborhood you are interested in. If for example you have kids, then a location with a park and kid friendly activities is best suited for you. If you love running, biking and other outdoor activities, then getting a home close to a trail will be most satisfying for you. You should consider the grocery shops, and how close the home is to facilities like the hospital, police post and the road.
Be open minded
It is very unlikely for you to have a home that is perfect in every aspect. A home may tick all the boxes but be lacking in the chipped bedroom wall or the kitchen floor. You should see beyond these flaws and be objective about that house. If these repairs were done, could this be your ideal home? The answer to that question will determine whether this is the right home for you or not.
Decide your price range
The amount of money that you intend to use on your home will determine where to start looking. You must agree on the price and decide if you are willing to add anything extra on it. This will make it easy for you to narrow down the search when looking online. It will also make it easy for your real estate agent to sample the homes within your price range. Take time to compare the market price so that you get a home that has value for your investment.
Consider the plan and not the finish
It is easy for you to be distracted by the countertop of the drawers that lack a handle. What you should focus on is the space of each room. If a house has an open plan kitchen, is that what you want to have? Can the bedroom fit your king size bed? Do you really need a walk in closet or any closet can do? These are the questions that you should be asking as you walk around the house. It is important to be able to picture yourself in that house. If you think it will strain you or for instance the staircase is not kid friendly yet you have children then look for another home.
Trust your instinct
The moment you enter a house, there is a vibe that you will get from it. It may be instant joy or you may feel an uneasy feeling. Understand that your gut feeling goes a long way in helping you choose your home. Focus on whether the house makes you feel happy or depressed. Whatever feeling comes first, trust your gut.
Use these tips to guide you in looking for that perfect home. Remember to be patient. For some people, it may take a week and others a whole year to find the house that is the best fit for them. Do not rush into a home that you are not comfortable with. Remember that a home is personal therefore, your decision should be personal and not influenced.
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