Buying a home is a huge investment. Your first home might not be your ultimate dream home, but it allows you to get some equity and to feel like you’ve succeeded at the American dream. The thing is, you don’t want to waste money or regret your purchase, so it’s important to find a home that is a good investment of your money.
You can spend some time looking at ads for homes online or in those free catalogs outside your favorite restaurant, but before you start calling for showings you want to make sure that you know what you’re looking for. Looking at houses without a plan of what you want is going to waste your time and the time of the agents you work with.
Decide What You’re Looking For
You can’t buy a house until you know what you want that house to have. How many bedrooms do you need in order to comfortably fit your family? Do you want an extra one for an office or art studio? How many bathrooms?
You’ll also want to look at where it’s located, maybe to keep your children in the same school or just in a search to live in a safe neighborhood. What size yard do you want? Do you need a garage or a finished basement? Consider these things to help you narrow down your search.
Look At Homes Online
The internet has made it so much easier to browse homes. Instead of looking at a single photo with a small amount of info in a magazine you can see multiple photos and even reach out directly to the person offering the home through chat and email. Check multiple sites and enter your preferred amount of bedrooms, bathrooms, and the amount you want to spend and they’ll give you all the choices available.
Talk To A Realtor/Real Estate Agent
Since this is your first home you are going to want to absorb all of the information you can. Talk to friends that have bought homes and even talk directly to realtors. Chances are you at least have one friend that is working in real estate on your social media, reach out to them and ask questions.
Get A Showing And Check Out The Neighborhood
Schedule a showing of the houses you’re interested in. Head out early so that you not only have time to find the right house, also so that you can drive around the blocks close by and get a feel of the area.
Don’t buy the first home you look at, use it as a guide to help you find the right place for you and your family instead. Make sure to check ceilings, look at the roof, make sure there’s no mold under the sinks, and find out how old the furnace and water heater are. Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as possible!