Single family house or Condo? 3 bedroom or 4? Finished basement or room to grow?
Trying to find the perfect house is a process, but if you do things in the right order, it can be be both fun and rewarding. And in the end, you’ll find the house that you want to make your home. It can take some time, and it’ll mean visiting a bunch of houses, but it’ll be worth it.
If this is your first time buying a home, you probably have a lot more questions than answers… but that’s okay. And it’s why I’m here.
The first step in the process is what I like to call the “wants and needs” list. It’s pretty self-explanatory, but it’s an important starting point. Look around where you live now, whether it’s an apartment, a condo or a house, and write down the features. The obvious ones are the bedrooms and bathrooms. How many do you need and how many do you want? Think about how long you plan to be in your new house and any major life changes you anticipate (kids? parent moving into an in-law suite? home office? guest room?) Then think about bathrooms in the same way. That was the easy part.
Next, look at the other rooms that make up a house. Do you want a formal living room? Fancy kitchen? Laundry room? Workshop? Family room? Garage? These rooms are important because they’re where you’re going to be spending most of your waking hours.
Right now, style isn’t all that important. Think about the way you live and the expectations you have for your next house. If we know the number and kinds of rooms you’re looking for, we can screen out many properties before we even visit them.
Last step for now is to think about the comforts. How do you feel about electric vs. gas cooking? Septic? Well water? Quiet street? Ability to walk into town or to school?
If you don’t know where to begin, give me a call, and I’ll walk you through this first step in the process. The better I understand what you’re looking for, the better I can look at what’s available and show you houses that match your needs and your wants.