Plan Carefully Before You Buy A New House

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Whether this is your first house or whether you've been home owners in the past, owning a home is a huge commitment. When you plan carefully for exactly what you want, you'll be happier in the long run.

Things To Consider When Selecting A House - Of course, cost is one of the first things at the top of your list. However, there are other things that enter the decision making process, too.

  •  Location - Do you want to be in the country where you'll have some acreage and where you won't be too close to other people? Perhaps you're facing your older years with the realization that you won't be driving soon. In that case, you may want to be on a bus route, or at least in walking distance of shops and other attractions. You might even consider a downtown apartment or town house where you can easily access museums, shops, theaters and other points of interest.
  • Family Needs - Do you still have school-age children? If so, then of course you'll want to look into the school system to make sure that it's one that fits your children's needs. Do you have a child who is active in sports or other extra-curricular activities? You'll want to be close to the places where practices, games and performances will be held. If you are active in your church community, be sure that your denomination's church is easily accessible.
  • Community - If you are a young couple, you may want to be in a new subdivision that will have plenty of playmates for your children. However, consider the fun of living in a neighborhood that has families of all ages, including older folks whom your children can serve. Drive around and get a feel for each neighborhood and convey your wishes to your realtor.

The House - Take the time to write down everything you're wanting in your new home. Talk to friends and ask them features they have enjoyed in their home and borrow ideas from them. Here are some questions to consider.

  • Do you want a separate family room and a living room, or would you rather have one great room?
  • What about an entertainment center?
  • Will your children be sharing bedrooms?
  • Do you want a room for crafts and sewing?
  • Do you need a three-car garage?
  • Do you need space for hobbies like wood working?
  • Do you want a two-story house, or the ease of living on one floor?
  • Do you want a pre-owned home that has existing landscaping, or do you want a new home where you can start from scratch?

Getting the right realtor is an important key. Communicate everything you want at the first meeting. However, remember that often there's a give-and-take factor in selecting a home. You might not get one thing you wanted, but there might be a getting a wonderful feature that you didn't even consider.

Talk to your local home experts, such as Cates Auction, for more information. Good luck in finding the right home for your family.


14 January 2015

Apartment Frightmares: How You Can Live Happy Again

Apartment living can be a trial sometimes. Even the best apartment complexes can have problems, such as noisy neighbors. I experienced this firsthand with my newest neighbors. Between their partying and trashy existence, I was ready to go crazy. Late one night when they were being particularly noisy, I started researching my rights as a tenant. I found out I did not have to live with their inconsiderate behavior. As a public service, I decided to help others through this blog with their neighbor problems. Whether you are dealing with a landlord that will not do any repairs or bad neighbors, I can help.