So, you’ve decided that the time is right to purchase a new home. It’s an exciting time, but it can also be fraught with uncertainty. Colors, floor plans, and layouts, oh my!
Choosing a home is one of the weightier decisions you will make in life. The possibilities are endless, which can be a little overwhelming, but also gives you a great chance of finding the home that is just right for you.
Let’s start with some basics.
What type of home are you looking for?
Determine what sort of home fits your needs. The three main types of homes to consider for purchase are: townhome, house, or condo.
Many factors play into the decision. For example, if you don’t want to worry about yard work, a condo may be a good fit. Or maybe you have small children who need a yard to play in. Do you like to invite friends or family over for barbeques? Spend some time assessing what kind of home you can see you and your family thriving in.
What is your Budget?
Now that you’ve narrowed down the type of home you’re looking for, it’s time to think about cost. While you want a home with a design that suits your style, you need to keep your budget in mind. Think about design features that may affect your costs in the long run. For example, a home with vaulted ceilings is going to cost more to heat than a home with lower ceiling.
If you are upgrading to a larger home, don’t forget to factor in the cost of new furniture to fill your new space. You may be able to cut some corners on cost for a home that needs some updating or repairs, but make sure that the basic layout still fits your lifestyle.
Now we’re getting to the fun stuff! The design style you’d like your new home to have!
When touring homes that you may want to purchase, focus on the floor plan as opposed to finishes. Many aspects of a home can be easily replaced or updated to suit your particular style. Paint colors, drawer pulls, and cabinet knobs are easy and inexpensive changes to make.
Find a balance between style and function.
If you tend toward a more modern approach, an open floor plan may be right up your alley. However, if you work from home, think about the distractions that can come from having less barriers between rooms.
If you’re inclined toward a traditional look, a more compartmentalized layout may appeal to you. Though, if you frequently entertain, rooms that flow into each other may be ideal.
It’s really all about what works for you and your situation. Be ready to compromise. Remember, no home is perfect!
Hooked on a Feeling
Don’t discount your emotions and first impressions in the process. Sometimes, it all comes down to how you feel. You may walk into a home and immediately start envisioning yourself making a home there.
When you find yourself touring a potential new home and start imagining where you would put your furniture, and how you would arrange your art on the walls, you just may have found a winner.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
Real estate agents and design professionals are equipped to handle all the questions and concerns that come up during the process of finding the home that is just what you’re looking for.