How to Find the Home of your Dreams
Written by Sofia Belnap Posted On Monday, 29 July 2019 10:40
What Home Means to You
Ask anyone about having space that is special to them; and you will receive the following answer, “Home.” Everyone wants a place that is theirs and theirs alone; a haven a place to get away from the everyday hustle and bustle of life. A true definition of home is whatever you consider to be a safe place for you and your family. A place where you and your family can relax and be yourselves.
Well, finding that dream home can be exciting and scary at the same time. But for the most part it is exciting, having the opportunity to look at different locations, styles, and types of homes during your search. Remember this will be the most costly and monumental decision you will make in your entire life. Which is why it can be scary, so to make the searching and buying process easier there are some simple tips to consider to make the process smoother.
Budget – Its Importance to Finding Your Home
Since this will be a major financial purchase for you and your family, it makes sense to plan out a budget for this expense. First things first, consider not only the cost of your new home, but also other utilities and bills that come along with owning a home. If you are a first time buyer, you may want to consider things like upkeep of the yard, homeowner’s insurance, homeowners association fees, and etc. These are bills that are not common to apartment dwellers, but for a homeowner it is a much needed expense.
When planning your budget, make sure that you are not just thinking of the here and now. Make sure that you plan for the future, unlike living in an apartment, homeowners have to take care of repairs themselves. So make sure that you budget far enough to include incidentals that may occur. Always make sure that you are budgeting for a home you can afford, not one that could offered. Basically make sure your income will cover the monthly cost without placing you in a bind. A good rule of thumb is to make sure that you have savings set aside to cover you and your family’s expenses for up to three months.
What’s Important to You in a Home
Now that you have a budget, the next step is to consider what is important in the design or style of your dream home. This is where you think of things that your home must have versus what you want it to have. Is the aesthetics of your home important to you or general space? Should it have solar panels, a garage, more than 3 bedrooms, and how many bathrooms. All of these are great things to think about before buying your home. You want your home to fit you in the present and in the future. If you are a growing family, then space is important to you. This is typically when you can make a list of non-negotiable and negotiable items for buying your home.
The Big Picture – Your Dream Home
When looking for your dream home, you should think of the big picture. Not only are you purchasing a home, but you are also taking on the community where the home is listed. It is important to step back and look at the overall and not just the home itself. Sometimes you may find the perfect house, but the location and the community is not as desirable. Take time out to do your due diligence and find out everything about the community, such as the schools, security, and etc.
Above all keep an open mind and enjoy the task of looking for that dream home. If you keep an open mind and enjoy the process, it will be less stressful. Remember this is supposed to be a joyful event in your life and a chance to have a niche in the world that is all yours. Finding your dream home is no longer a fantasy, it is a reality that you made come true.