Buying a home is very exciting. It’s a whole new world for you and your family. It can be overwhelming, so here are some ideas to make the home buying process a successful and satisfying journey.
Think about the long term and resale: What are your future plans? Are you going to expand your family? Maybe your in-laws are going to be staying with you for a bit of time. How long do you plan on living in this home? When that time runs out, who is your target audience going to be when it comes to selling the home?
Have a list to keep on track: When you are buying a home, especially for the first time, there are so many things that run through your mind. Setting aside all your emotions when looking at a house is nearly impossible, so making a checklist of your must-haves, nice-to-haves and other essentials is a good idea. Then print copies of this checklist. Every time you visit a house, take the checklist along with you; take photographs so you can cross each item off your list. Check list items should include: schools, neighborhood demographics, proximity to jobs, family and shopping, HOA, utility fees, etc.
Budget: When budgeting for the new house, don’t stop principal, interest, taxes and insurance. When you move in, you are going to have to pay for upgrades like flooring, window treatments and home furnishings. You will enjoy your new home so much more if you leave room in your budget to make your house the home that you want to relax in and entertain family and friends. If the house needs new carpet and flooring, you want to do that before you move in all your things. Think about the furniture and accessories you want to keep and incorporate into your new home and the new things you will need to furnish the house appropriately and include that in your bottom line budget.
Planning: Think about getting some help with the interior design planning BEFORE moving day. A designer can help you inventory the furniture and art/accessories you have and where they can go in your new home. Stop by Willis and meet our design staff. There is no charge for home plan. And you can buy as little or as much as you like now or in the future. Be ready on moving day so you know what goes where. Wouldn’t it be nice to have your new house be your home within days of moving in?