Wednesday, January 7, 2009

When & Where?

Before setting out to buy a home there are several things to consider. Buying a home is a big move and a huge responsibility. You don’t want to get into a home only to find out that it lacks much of what you need and desire. When buying a new home you should take into account the following:

Does it have the right floor plan to meet your needs? Occasionally you find homes that are great but they lack the functionality you are looking for. Either your furniture won’t fit or you are stuck with having an awkward arrangement. Pay special attention to this in the bedrooms and living room.
Is the home the right size for your needs? Do you plan on having children? Do you have enough home to grow into or is it more home than you need?
Consider if you need special amenities such as swimming pool or hot tub. Also consider the costs associated with maintaining such things.
Location is very important. Often times families buy a home just so their kids can go to a specific school. Save money on gas by living close to work if possible.
Can you afford the home? This is probably the most important point. Make sure you have a firm understanding of what it will cost to maintain your new home and pay the mortgage.

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