If you are searching for a new home, you may be focusing on just the style of home you want and your budget. Which are both critical parts of the home buying process; however, these factors are only a part of it. There is so much more worth considering and so many other things to keep in mind. Here at Donahue Real Estate, we understand how difficult it can be to keep track of everything. The home buying process itself is complicated and lengthy before even having to consider all of the other essential things. To help new home buyers a little, our team has come up with a list of critical things to keep in mind when purchasing a home. This list will not only serve as a valuable guide for home buyers, but it also can give some insight into home buying for those who are not quite ready to make the leap, yet still see home buying on the horizon.
The Sellers Know More Than You Think
The best tip we can give for when you are actively looking at homes is to be cautious. Be cautious of everything from what you say to how you act. Sellers know more than you think and are the ones who make the final decision on whether you have a chance at owning their home. With new technology, it is now easier than ever to be aware of who is looking to buy your house. For instance, the ring devices on many people’s front doors can both see you and listen to you. Homeowners have the option to watch you from the ring app in the present moment or go back and watch you. Try not to say anything wrong about the home or give false praise while looking at the home. You can always discuss your real thoughts after you leave when you know the sellers aren’t listening in.
Consider the Future
The most common home-buying mistake that homebuyers make is only considering the present moment. People tend to fall in love with a home and rush to purchase it without considering how this home may suit them in the future. If you are planning on starting a family, then you want to make sure your home has the space to fit children. You also want to make sure this home is located near a school you would feel comfortable sending your future children to. If you think you may have a new job in a few years, you may also want to consider what the commute could look like if you were to go with this home. Thinking about where you will be in 10-15 years instead of the present moment will help prevent you from buying a home that won’t be suitable in the long term. Or, it can prevent you from having to spend tons of money on expanding the house.
Pay Attention to the Neighbors and the Neighborhood
Something many fail to consider is the neighbors and neighborhood. If you know you want children, then you are going to probably want a home in an area that has a lot of families in it. Or maybe a neighborhood that has a community playground or pool. You also want to pay attention to see if the neighbors are loud and inconsiderate or if they seem polite and friendly. Making sure the neighbors and the neighborhood fit your lifestyle is essential. It’s also important to see how other people in the neighborhood maintain their homes. If you like a presentable home and enjoy clean environments, then you probably want to look for a neighborhood that has rules for maintaining homes exterior appearance. If a neighborhood seems to have a majority of unkept homes, then you know it is not the neighborhood or home for you.
Are you thinking of becoming a homeowner? If so, Donohue Real Estate can help you find your dream home. Our team works with you to establish your budget and what you need in a home. With us on your side, your dream home is within reach. To learn more home buying tips, give us a call today at (561) 838-9555.