Cast a wide net
Don’t narrow your search down to one small area. Most people only look for a home in the neighborhood that they are already in. If you just increase your search by going out a mile in each direction, you will greatly increase your chances of finding your dream home…
How many children do you plan on having in your new home? Make sure to plan ahead for the space that you will need. School districts are also something significant to consider ahead of time. Buying a home in a good school district, whether you have children or not, will guarantee that your home will appreciate faster than homes that are not in a good school district.
Will an older relative need to come live with you anytime soon? If so, plan to have space available on the ground floor as older people may have difficulty with stairs.
Focus on the negative
This sounds the opposite of what you might think, but it’s easy to change the wallpaper or the tile floors. It’s not easy to move walls or tear out a kitchen right when you move in. Decide what you can live with and what you can’t and narrow your search down with those ideals in mind.
Do a drive-by
This sounds much worse than it is. Drive through the neighborhood and by the house at night and on the weekends to see what life is really like in the community. Some sellers will even let you stay the night if it helps get the deal done. Why not take a test drive in the house? You wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it. Why not a house too?
Use a licensed Realtor
Finally, always use a licensed Realtor. You pay absolutely nothing for all of their amazing experience and knowledge. They are there to protect your best interests, as well as helping you decide on what price to offer for a home. Take advantage of this perk when buying your next home. It’s great to have someone knowledgeable on your side.
Happy house hunting!