New year, new you, new house? 2019 is on the horizon, and we hope it is your best year yet. While the new year is sure to be filled with triumphs and tribulations, it may also be filled with the need to relocate. If you are looking to move in the new year, follow this guide to find your dream home:
Map Out Your Needs
Part of relocating is finding a space that is beneficial to not only you but to your entire family. To do this, you are going to have to assess and analyze all of your family’s needs. How many bedrooms will your space need to have? How many bathrooms? If you have children, is there enough yard space for them to run around and play? If you do not currently have children but may want them potentially in the future, is there enough space for your family to grow? When you know exactly what you want and need, you will be able to narrow down the pool of potential properties and speed up your home search.
Look Into Your Finances
Do you have your budget prepared for the new year? Do you have your emergency fund stored away in case of a rainy day? Purchasing a home is a huge financial decision and one that needs to be planned for meticulously. It is important to map out your finances before you even begin the search for a new space. The last thing that you want to do is waste your time falling in love with a home that will put you in financial jeopardy or throw off your budget for the entire year. When you know exactly what you qualify for, you will be able to house hunt in the smartest, most efficient way.
House hunting can be, in a word, overwhelming. One of the biggest favors that you can do for yourself is to stay organized. Take lots of photos, as well as detailed notes of every property you visit. What did you like about it? What did you hate about it? Write everything down and keep folders on your phone or computer so that you do not waste your time having to revisit properties and re-ask the same questions. The more organized you are during this process, the more likely you are to find your dream home.
Scope Out the Neighborhood
The home of your dreams means nothing if it is in the neighborhood of your nightmares. If you have children, it is important that the local schools have great teachers and rankings. Is your neighborhood close to where you shop and work? Remember, you are not simply just buying a property, you are choosing a place to create a brand new life. If you don’t see yourself feeling at home in the neighborhood, it may be time to pass up on the property.
Invest in a Home Inspection
Remember, when it comes to house hunting, there is often more than meets the eye. While what you see may be great, what you cannot see can be costly and damaging. If you find a property that you are serious about, it is wise to invest in a home inspection. This will help you look for underlying problems that the homeowner should be responsible to fix before you take ownership of the property. A thorough home inspection can save you countless time, money, and frustration in the long run.
Consult With the Experts
One of the best ways to find your dream home is to put your search into the hands of experts. Remember, real estate agents work every day to find buyers their perfect homes, and know how to make the process as simple as possible. If you need a little help finding the perfect place for you and your family in the new year, give us a call at Crager Realty today. Our compassionate and dedicated team will do everything in our power to make this process as easy and stress-free as we possibly can. If you are looking for your dream home in 2019, give us a call at 614-879-6700.