When I purchased my first home with my new husband, I knew it was not going to be my forever residence. Still, I thought we would be here longer than five years. We originally purchased the house for the location. It was equidistant between our two places of work. In addition, it was close to the highway, which I had to take to get to my office each day. However, the local school system is not great, and with a rising kindergartner in our family, the time is right to purchase a Milton real estate property.
In order to ensure that we are happy with our new property for quite a while, I researching buying a new home quite extensively. The following are the best tips I found.
Before you start looking at properties, mentally review what is important to you with respect to location. School systems should be a factor, regardless of whether you have children or not. Being in a good school district will help you sell your home faster, and for more money, later on. However, there are other factors to consider as well. Do you want to be close to the highway? Do you need to be close to public transportation? Do you want to be in a neighborhood, with other families, or close to the downtown area where there are restaurants and entertainment? Once you decide what you want, search for your Milton real estate property in that area.
Have a Budget
It is easy to get caught up in the buying process. Discuss a budget ahead of time and stick to that. Obviously, you should meet with a lender and find out how much you are approved for with respect to a mortgage loan. Remember, though, that the number you are given is the maximum you qualify for. You do not have to spend that, so take your other bills and your entertainment needs into consideration.
Focus on the Layout
Any home can be staged so that it looks attractive. Try not to let that factor into your decision. After all, the furnishings you see will not come with the house. Instead, evaluate the layout and the structure of the building. Think about where you would put your belongings. Similarly, do not let easy fixes put you off. These include wallpaper or paint color.
I now feel ready to look at potential homes. Hopefully, we will be in our new house for many years to come!