Find the House of Your Dreams By Asking these Questions

It's out there, somewhere. The perfect house for you, that is. It does exist. And it's probably closer than you think. Getting the right Realtor is a huge step forward in helping you find a house. But, there are a lot of things you should take into consideration on your own before involving a Realtor. There's no point in viewing 50 homes you don't like when you could find five houses that you love.

You can start by asking yourself some questions. By defining exactly what you're looking for, you'll have more success as you begin to search. You'll be more likely to find the house of your dream by asking yourself these questions.

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Am I pre-approved?

This is a competitive market for buyers so you want to be ready to move fast. Getting pre-approved shows your Realtor that you're serious about buying and it also gives them an accurate price range to work in. Talk to a lender and get pre-approved before setting foot inside a house for sale.

What does my house need to have?

Before going house shopping, you need to decide what you need to have in order to function. This could mean that you need three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a suitable kitchen and a garage. Or it could mean you need five bedrooms and space to work from home. Whatever your lifestyle demands, make sure to accommodate it.

Do I like houses that are one-story, two-story, condo, or townhouse?

Look at a range of different style homes and decide which you like best. Do you want to live completely separate from your neighbors? Or do you like to be a social butterfly? Do you want to take care of a yard? Do you want to live in a city?

Would I like living in a historic home?

Historic homes are unique and charming but can come with a long list of maintenance requests and can be cumbersome to update. Some communities will limit what you can do with upgrades. Decide if you would enjoy living in a historic home or find it difficult.

What kind of flooring do I like?

Look at all kinds of flooring styles and decide if you like the look and feel of carpet, wood, tile, or a composite material. Carpet is very popular but some people prefer the classic look of hardwood. Figure out what you like and where you would like to see it.

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What architectural styles do I need?

Do you like a Craftsman bungalows or a classic Colonial? Do you like gables and eaves or a single-story rancher? Deciding which architectural style reflects you will help you as you look at a new house to buy.

Would I take on a house that needs renovating?

Are you the type of person who likes to fix things up themselves or do you want your house to be more ready-to-move-in? If you prefer turnkey properties to fixer uppers, you'll need to let your Realtor know early in the game.

Do I like homes that are in rural, urban, or suburban areas?

Here's another element that will change everything for you. Is living in the city a must for you? Or maybe you're much happier in the countryside? Decide how fast paced you want your life to be and we'll be sure to match it.

Which bonus features would make my day?

Bonus features are items that may or may not influence the property value but are more about personal preference for the new owner. This could include things like a pool, hot tub, spa, sauna, specialized finished basement space, shed, outbuildings, garden, and more.

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How important is proximity to amenities?

Do you want to live close enough to the grocery store to be able to walk to get some milk? Or would you prefer a short drive? Or maybe you like living far away from it all. What about living close to a gym? Or a park? Decide which amenities you need close by and let you Realtor know.

How quickly am I prepared to move?

If you have to sell your current home before moving, you might be constrained when putting in offers. Try to coordinate selling your house and finding a new one so everything can move along quickly and smoothly.

Are there suitable schools in the area?

If you have kids, it's important to look into the schools that are in the area you want to move to. You'll want schools with great ratings that are easy to get to from your home.

What is my ideal parking situation?

Do you want to be able to park your car in a garage? Would you rather park on the street or in a designated spot? Make sure your Realtor knows your preference when searching for a home.

Finding a house that suits your needs is all about making decisions as to what's best for you and your family. Asking yourself questions about your likes, dislikes, and preferences when it comes to a house will greatly benefit you when the time comes to look for a house. You might not find a house that has every single thing you want, but you will find a home that you can love and live in comfortably. And when you do, we want to be there to help. Let a Lucido Agency real estate professional guide you through the buying process and you'll be in your new home before you know it!

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