5 Tips to Find the Right Home
While buying a home can be very exciting, the process of finding the right home may prove to be challenging and difficult without the right preparation and guidance. To ease the process, here are five tips from the real estate pros at Stein Posner to help you find the right home.
1. Determine what’s important to you, now and in the future. Before deciding on what type of home you are looking for, it’s important to consider what’s important to you both now, and what may be important down the road. Now, your needs might include being within walking distance or a short drive to your favorite restaurant, an outdoor recreation area, work, or the grocery store. Maybe you prefer a smaller, easier to maintain living space and urban lifestyle or conversely a home in the ‘burbs with a pool and a backyard that’s great for a new or growing family and for entertaining. Be sure to note these requirements early on in your search. And while forecasting your needs for the future may be somewhat trickier, there are some questions to consider. If not already in place, are you going to start a family or continue growing one and therefore may potentially need more space or bedrooms? Is it possible that a parent or family member may need to move into your home in the future? Will the maintenance of a pool or yard become too cumbersome such that you’d rather have low or only community maintained areas? As you consider these questions, be sure to plan for your needs both now and in the future.
2. Don’t limit yourself to a specific area. Many homebuyers limit themselves by only looking in the area where they currently live. Our advice is to explore neighborhoods outside of your usual boundaries. You might be surprised to find just the right home in a neighboring town that you never knew much about.
3. Focus on what you cannot change. When touring individual homes, recognize that you can change decor, finishes, furnishings, paint colors or floor coverings. Structural or locational changes, however (such as tearing down walls or making additions), can be costly and likely will require construction permits. If you’re not in love with the floor plan, closets, storage space, roofline or any other structural or locational elements, it may not be the right house for you.
4. Drive around the area. Finding the right neighborhood is as important as finding that right house. You want to be sure that the area you live in will offer the kind of lifestyle that you are seeking. Make sure to drive through the area at different times: during the day, evenings, at night, during the week, and on the weekends. Many neighborhoods can have a completely different feel depending on the time of day or week. For instance, you wouldn’t want to assume that people in the community aren’t active simply because there isn’t anyone walking around the neighborhood at 2 p.m. on a weekday — when many individuals are likely at work. If possible, talk to some neighbors about the area too!
5. Find a good real estate professional. While it certainly helps to educate yourself on the home buying process, there is no replacement for finding a good real estate professional. If you’re looking to buy a home in South Florida, call (link to contact) the expert team at Stein Posner. Our South Florida real estate professionals will guide you every step of the way to make sure you find the home, area and neighborhood that’s right for you!