When buying a home, it’s important to know what are the essentials for you. One of the best things that you can do is create a list of basic features and amenities that you need in your dream home. As a real estate agent, I can help you out in scouting for such a home with your desired features, the more specific you are, the better it helps in the searches.

We will discuss the essential features you should consider when you are selecting home. Each of these features should be ranked by you based on their importance and your requirements.

Location:

The location is an essential feature to consider when you are hunting for a home because it’s the main thing you can’t change. You should search for a home close to your work, school, parks, shopping, public transportation, place of worship, family, or any other places you visit the most.

Having your home located in the right place is a massive advantage for you when it comes to the resale value. An excellent location will always be a great asset, no matter what how bad the real estate market is. As they say “location, location, location”

Neighbourhood:

You can’t control the character of your neighbours, and you may find a home located in the right place with a lot of features but before buying the home, make sure to observe the environment in early in the morning and at night to find out how the people living. Observe the character of the the neighborhood, see if the neighbours keep their home in a way that would make you comfortable and make on the recent crime activity reported in such society.

Position of the lot:

 

A home that is on a corner may have traffic that stops or turns by your home but may allow access to the backyard for additional storage. Homes that are on a cul de sac will have a smaller front yard but a large pie lot in the back. Make sure you are looking at homes that suit you the best.

       

The bedrooms:

When looking at homes you’ll want to decide whether you will spend more time outdoors, in the main living areas or in the bedrooms. It’s also important to know if a den or separate living and family rooms are important. Often times the bedrooms can either be side very large or on the smaller side depending on how much furniture you have so you’ll want to observe the room sizes when viewing homes. 

Kitchen

The kitchen is an important thing to look out for when buying a home because it is the heart of the home and a place where food is planned for the family. You have to check if the kitchen has enough space to put your refrigerator, microwave, and dishwasher. Do not buy a home with a kitchen that is not up to your taste. It can be expensive to remodel or replace countertops, cabinets, and sink.

The bathroom:

Before purchasing a home determine how many bathrooms you need. Commonly older homes have one or two bathrooms and newer homes often have two or more bathrooms. Do you a bathroom with a shower, bath or jacuzzi. It’s important to look at those items when viewing homes or see if it would be a good set up to install one.

The age of the home:

When choosing a home that meets your needs, age is an essential factor you must give a significant consideration because the older home needs, more upgrade, and repairs it may need in the near future. 

Purchase price:

 

Home buying is a huge investment, you’ll want to ensure that your monthly payment and the overall mortgage is within your budget. Often times clients want to extend their budgets but you’ll want to ensure you are comfortable with the payments over the long term.

                          

 

Maintenance: 

Buying an older home may require that you repair or replace some items in the house. Doing so will add to your overall costs for the home though. Ensuring a home has been well maintained by the previous homeowner and doing proper inspections, you’ll have a much better chance at keeping your maintenance costs going forward, much lower.

HOA dues, taxes and fees:

If you buy a home in a community with a homeowner association, you should also consider budgeting for the monthly or annual fee and dues collected. If a property is in a newer community it may have additional taxes that will increase your monthly payment. These will also affect your mortgage approval and purchasing power. 

Whenever you are searching for your dream home, you have to devote time and effort to look for a home that’s a good fit for you and your family. You may also seek the knowledge and help of real estate agent to guide you through your search. When you are ready to start your home search, we are happy to help!