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Local Movers of New York

Posted On : Jan 16, 2015

Buying a new home can be a whirlwind experience. First, there’s the excitement that comes with moving to a new dwelling and all of the opportunity that comes with the new space. But next comes all of the anxiety surrounding the home search and making sure you find exactly what you want without compromising too much. After all, a house is the largest investment most people will ever make in their lifetime. It can be an intimidating process, but finding a new home shouldn’t be quite as stressful as long as you plan accordingly. Here are some tips to help you take control of the home search.

  1. Know what you’re looking for. Make a list of all of the priorities that you need to have in your next home and rank them. You might get lucky and find the perfect home that has everything, but chances are some things on the bottom of the list might get bumped off in favor of more important features.
  2. Think long term. Look at the house and think about how you’ll be living in it in 5 to 10 years. If you’re young and planning on having kids, is there room for them to play without being on top of you? If you’re entering retirement, are there a lot of stairs in the home?
  3. What type of home do you want? Are you looking for a single-family home or a condo? Do you want to buy a home that requires a bit of work or do you want something that is maintenance-free? Knowing what you’re looking for will help you narrow down a list of options before you even hit the streets for showings.
  4. Take a look at your financial situation. A good rule of thumb is to stick to a budget of no more than 2 or 3 times the total household income. It’s probably best to start out conservatively, because you might end up going a bit above your budget in the end. Don’t begin looking at homes until you know you can get a mortgage you can afford.
  5. Know when you can move. If you’re moving out of your parents’ basement, it might not be so important to have a timeline in order. But if you need to sell your own home, or if you’re lease is about to be up for renewal, it’s important to plan accordingly and leave yourself plenty of time to search.
  6. Take notes on each house. Empty rooms can be deceivingly smaller than they appear. Bring a tape measure along with you just in case you’re wondering if you’re furniture will fit. After each house that you tour, jot down some quick notes about the pros and cons for each. If you end up seeing 10 or 15 properties in one day, you’ll end up forgetting the little details about each place. Having a list to review once you’re back home can help you narrow down the options.
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