Guest Blog – How to Find a Home That’s Perfect for Your Needs

House hunting isn’t easy. Even if you have a pretty good idea of what you want in a home, there are many factors to consider that can complicate your search. You have to keep several important things in mind as you search for homes, including price, size, location, and home type. How do you assess what’s most important to you while juggling all of these other factors? To help make your housing search a little less overwhelming, let’s explore some tips below.

Decide Whether to Rent or Buy

First and foremost, decide whether you’re looking to rent or buy a home. Renting may be preferable if you’re moving to a new city and you’re not sure how long you’re going to stay there. On the other hand, buying might make more financial sense if you plan on remaining in your new home for a long time. 

Take a good look at your financial situation to get a better idea of whether you should rent or buy. Lenders will need to see proof that you can cover your down payment and afford your monthly mortgage, so make sure everything is in good shape if you plan on buying a home. You can check a lot of your financial information yourself using online tools. For example, Redfin can help you calculate your debt-to-income ratio by dividing your existing debt from your total income.

Establish Your Must-Haves

In addition to affordability, the size of a home will also affect your decision. Know how large or small of a home you need before you begin the house-hunting process so you can avoid wasting your time touring homes that aren’t the right size for your family. Remember to keep your long-term plans in mind when deciding on size. If you plan on having children soon, you may want a home with a few extra bedrooms. If you’re about to retire, you may be looking for smaller, single-story homes that are more accessible and easier to maintain.

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Pay Attention to Location

Location is the single most important factor to consider when looking for a home. If you’re buying, you can change almost anything about a home except for its location. First, decide whether you want to live in an urban or suburban area. As Midwest Moving explains, there are pros and cons with each option, so consider your needs carefully. 

Once you know what type of neighborhood you’re looking for, explore different areas in your city and research important neighborhood trends. Remember to assess factors like proximity to work and school, local amenities, entertainment, walkability, crime rates, noise pollution, and traffic. Be sure to also consider your distance to friends and family.

Keep your interests and hobbies in mind as you assess different neighborhoods. If you enjoy running, make sure your home is on a good running route or close to a park with a variety of safe trails. If you enjoy working remotely out of local coffee shops, make sure your new home is close to a cozy café. Being close to the things you love will make a huge difference in your quality of life.

Prepare for Your Move

Ready for the big move? There are a few final things to tackle before you can get settled into your new home. The moving process itself is often the most stressful part of buying a new home, so plan ahead to enjoy a smooth transition. Look for a local moving company near you and get a quote for your move. Be sure to evaluate moving companies by reading online reviews before choosing a team to help you with your move. Most importantly, don’t agree to an over-the-phone estimate! Professional movers should visit your home in person before they can give you an accurate estimate of your moving costs.

The perfect home means something different to everyone. Decide what you want in a home instead of relying on other people’s suggestions. If you want to end up in a home that will make you happy for years to come, make sure you put a lot of thought into your needs and wants. 

2bgreener.com note – Thank you to Thomas Walker for this content and for compiling so many useful linked resources.

thomaswalker@homesafetyhub.org

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