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Imagine stepping into the home of your dreams. Is it clean, light, and airy with all the room you need for your pets and family, or is it a cute and cozy starter home?
No matter what you’re looking for, buying a house is largely determined by your budget.
House hunting entails more than finding any home within your price range. It takes planning and debate to decide where you want to live, not to mention know-how about how to spot issues that can go wrong with your new home.
Consider these five factors and more when you start to look for homes for sale near you.
Every aspect of your new home is determined by its price. Nearly everyone starts out in an inexpensive starter home. As you build equity, you can afford to level up into something larger and nicer. If you’re just starting out, count on being able to afford small homes that have issues.
The trick to getting the best home is to learn how to spot structural issues and find a property with problems that you can and will repair. Do you know how to fix a roof, and can you come up with a few thousand dollars for supplies? Can you learn?
If the answer is yes, then get that affordable little house that needs those repairs. If you can’t or don’t want to put sweat equity into your home, count on finding a smaller house in good condition.
Proximity to Work
Listening to road reports might not be riveting entertainment, but it’s a great way to know in advance whether a commute to and from a certain neighborhood is going to be a nightmare every day.
Is the stress of driving in bumper to bumper traffic an hour each way worth it to live in a bedroom community? Maybe living in the city with access to public transportation is a better idea.
Imagine finding an affordable home in an adorable neighborhood and finding out your kids must go to an elementary school with a 3/10 rating. It’s not a good feeling.
Before you sign on the dotted line, think long and hard about your children’s future. Is the $10,000 you’re saving worth it when it means your kids will go to a poorly rated school?
If you want to put your kids in the best school district, you’re going to have live in a good neighborhood or opt them into a better district. Opting in may result in tuition and transportation costs that could’ve gone towards a better home.
The quality of a neighborhood is very important. If you don’t feel safe, you won’t enjoy living there and you’ll always be worried about your family. If crimes rates are higher than average, steer clear. Not all cheap homes for sale are a great deal.
When touring potential homes, try to meet the neighbors. Are they your age? Do they have pets or kids? Do you like them? Great neighbors are an invaluable asset, and bad neighbors can make your life more stressful than it needs to be.
The home of your dreams is waiting! Find out more about houses for sale in your area.