It’s essential to consider what you want and what you don’t want in a new home prior to putting your current one on the market. Once you begin to look at new homes, your priorities may shift and change. However, it’s always good to go into the real estate market with an idea of what you want.
This is because you want to be sure you’re not making any decision you could regret when the time comes to purchase your new home. Ask yourself the following questions before you find a realtor so you can have a good idea of the kind of home that’s best for your lifestyle.
- How much space do you need?
Don’t assume you absolutely need two bedrooms or that you’re able to get by in a small house. Consider first the best case scenario and then the worst case scenario. Then try to find a happy medium between the two. The best case scenario is what you’ll strive for, but the happy medium is what you know you can live with. Once you find a realtor, they may be able to show you a few houses to help you gauge what a certain square footage looks like in person rather than just on paper.
- Are you an entertainer?
Many homebuyers fail to consider how much they like to entertain when looking at a new home. While it’s true the size and location of your home may be good for your personal life and lazy Sunday afternoons, it may not necessarily be good for entertaining friends and family. Therefore, if entertaining is your forte, it’s a good idea to consider whether the size and location are optimal for large groups of people.
- What type of neighborhood do you prefer?
Up to 34% of recent homebuyers who bought newly constructed homes were looking to avoid renovations. However, it’s the location of the home that may be the most important factor. It’s possible to renovate a house that doesn’t have the kitchen backsplash you love, but it’s a little more difficult to navigate a neighborhood you dislike. For this reason, it’s essential to consider whether you prefer to be close to shops, nightlife, or the grocery store or whether you prefer to be further away from the urban life.
It’s a good idea to ask yourself what you want from a new home before you begin your real estate search. However, when you find a realtor that works well with you, you can feel secure knowing you’re in good hands. Contact Integra Realty Group today for more information on just listed homes for sale in your area.