Buying a Home that Fits your Lifestyle
think the easiest thing in the world would be deciding what house to
buy. After all, who knows you better than you? You know exactly what you
want, right? Well, sometimes. The truth is that most people only have
an idea of what they want – the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, size
of the kitchen and garage, and maybe the yard. Things tend to get a
little murkier when you mix in neighborhoods and schools, commutes to
work and distance to ball fields and retail shops.
Fortunately, we have the tools you need to select just the right
property for everyone in your home. We
have computerized maps with overlays of school districts, commuter
highways and other features.
begin with, we recommend that everyone who will live in your new home
make a list of the things they must have, would like to have, and “would
be nice” to have. (Make sure the kids make a list, too. While buying a
house is an adult decision, the move will go smoother if your children
feel they are part of the process.)
Once you have your individual lists, combine them into a single master
list and start prioritizing. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll be
able to separate the “must-haves” from the “optionals.”
When you’re finished prioritizing,
give a copy of that list to us and we'll get to work. In no time, you
will be looking a houses that match your needs.
Targeting your Perfect Home
- Tell us about the style you like, whether it’s a two-story, contemporary, ranch or something else.
- List your priorities in home features, such as a two- or three-car garage; gourmet kitchen; etc.
- Think about
your lifestyle. Do you entertain a lot? Is yours the home where all the
neighborhood kids gather? Do you hate yard work?
When We’ve Identified a Neighborhood
around. Value is enhanced by other well-maintained properties.
Conversely, be cautious of areas with unkempt yards and homes, and
businesses mixed in with residences.
- Ask about the property tax assessment, including any special assessments or pending bond issues.
attention to zoning. Good residential communities are zoned to keep out
commercial and industrial users. Ask about other regulations, such as
on-street parking. Find out if the area is governed by any covenants.
- Get an idea of the neighborhood’s character by talking with people who live there.