Your dream home has probably been tossed around in your head over and over for a long time. It is the place you see yourself raising a family or the home you will spend your retirement in. Consider these three tips on what you should know in order to find your dream home:
Know what you want.
When you close your eyes and picture your dream home, what do you see? What are the deal breakers? The first thing to do is to sit down with your family and go over what exactly you need in your dream home. Some questions that you can consider are:
- Do you want a single-story house or a two or three-story home?
- How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need?
- How do you picture your kitchen?
- How big do you need the garage?
- What do the front and back yards look like?
- What amenities do you want?
- Swimming pool, game room, library?
An important step to the discovery of your dream home is open-mindedness. Unless you are building it from the ground up, you may not find everything you are looking for in one place. You may even find that your desires have changed as you work through the home-buying process.
Know where you want to be.
The location of your home is very important. Where you are will determine where your children go to school, where you shop, the distance to the airport, and so much more. Consider these location questions to help determine where you want to be:
- What is the local independent school district?
- How far is it to work?
- Is it a safe neighborhood?
- If you travel a lot, what is the distance to the airport?
- How close are the grocery store, pharmacy, and hospital?
- Is there a green belt, park, or trail nearby for exercise?
Research schools on the local school district website and look up crime rates on the police website. These will all be publicly listed, and you will have quick access to what is going on in your perspective neighborhood. Take a trip around the block, look at the homes nearby, check out the local shops and get a feel for the neighborhood. I suggest potential buyers drive through the neighborhood during the day and in the evening. It is a good way to get a feel for the neighborhood’s vibe.
Know how much you want to spend.
Your budget is going to be the most important part of your dream home because it will get you there. Once you have decided what you want, you have to break it down to what you can afford. Make note of your deal breakers so you are able to reasonably start the search. I suggest making a list of your absolute must-haves in your dream home, as well as amenities that would be nice to have, but aren’t deal breakers. The goal is to find a home with all of your “needs” and as many of your “wants” within the budget.
There are a lot of other questions you may think of along the way. Stay open to new ideas and talk to your real estate expert; they have done this many times over and will be able to help you narrow down everything you need to help you find your dream home.