Finding a new house is one of the most important and far-reaching
decisions a family or individual can make. To find your perfect
house, start by asking yourself these basic questions: Where do
you want to live? What kind of house are you looking for? How much
can you afford? Who do you want to build your home?
1. Where do you want to live?
The quality of life you enjoy is determined not only by the home
you live in, but where that home is located. What you're looking
for is a neighborhood that you and your family feel safe and comfortable
in - that offers convenient recreation and shopping, and where your
neighbors will share similar values and concerns.
2. What kind of home are you looking for?
Do you want a ranch style home, or a two story home? Do you want
a basement? How many bedrooms do you need? Do you want an open plan,
or do you prefer more privacy? Do you have any special needs? In
today's busy world, families need homes that are designed for the
way they live. They want houses that are open, friendly, and filled
3. How much can you afford?
Obviously, the more you can afford to spend, the more house you
can get. But the purchase price of the home isn't the only thing
you have to be concerned about. More important is the value of the
home - what you get for what you spend.
A well built home will have less maintenance and lower energy costs.
And when it comes time to sell your home, that quality will be reflected
in the higher resale price.
4. Who do you want to build your home?
The person who builds that home is an important factor in your overall
satisfaction. You're looking for a builder who will stand by his
product, who goes beyond the standard warranty to take pride in
his work. Ask a potential builder for a list of people who have
bought homes from him in the past, and then call a few of them to
determine their level of satisfaction.
Remember that what's perfect for you may not be perfect for everyone,
but finding that perfect house is important, because you and your
family are important.