5 Signs You’ve Found the Best Home for You
When you’re beginning the house hunt, you’ve likely made a list of home requirements or home “non-negotiables” that your next home must meet. And while you might be focused on finding a home that has a formal dining room, there are some home features to have on your list to not only narrow down your search but to ultimately find the best home for you. Wondering what to look for (other than the updated kitchen)? Here are five signs to look for when you know you’ve found the best home for you.
You can afford the home.
Of course, the best home for you has to be one that fits into your budget. Whether you choose to purchase a home that you can comfortably afford or is at the top of your budget, knowing how much “home” you can afford will easily help you narrow your search. Ultimately, home affordability comes down to a choice: Would you rather have the renovated kitchen with marble countertops and forego vacations for a few years or renovate later and be able to live comfortably?
It’s in an ideal location.
There’s a reason that realtors stress the ‘location, location, location’ mantra for buyers and sellers. The location of your future home is more than just the neighborhood (though this is important in terms of safety and school systems, etc.). How does the home’s location measure up when it comes to proximity to amenities, such as the grocery store, pharmacy or public parks? Is the home close to your work, and if not, are you willing to devote the extra time it will take to commute? These are just a few factors to consider to find the best home.
There are enough bedrooms.
While it might be cute that your home office could double as a guest room, you might be thinking the opposite once you try to get some work done. And if you’re planning to expand your family in the near future, you’ll want to look for a home with at least three bedrooms, home experts say. Then if you’re downsizing, and you host family members a couple times each year, then a two-bedroom home will suffice. Decide what’s best for you to find the best home to accommodate your household.
It’s move-in ready . . . enough.
Finding a home that is move-in ready will be different from one household to another. For those that are buying the most affordable home in a desirable neighborhood, you’ll likely sacrifice having a brand new kitchen, and instead ensure the home has a working radiator if you’re buying during the winter. Of course, on the other side of the spectrum, move-in ready might entail that the home is complete with all the bells and whistles including brand new carpet, kitchen, appliances and more.
There’s opportunity to increase in value.
Regardless of whether or not this will be your starter home or 10-year home, you’ll want to look for a home that will increase in value. Buying a home is an investment, so you should always be looking at its resale value. Some neighborhood factors to keep on your radar when considering value is that it is in an up-and-coming neighborhood, located in a sought after school district and not located next to a loud highway, just to name a few.