Five Tips for Finding the Right Home

  1. Location is more than your address. Choosing a home isn’t just about the house itself—it’s everything that surrounds it, too. Be sure to consider things such as neighboring houses, busy roads or quiet streets, and proximity to schools or businesses. Is it in a community where you’ll feel comfortable?
  2. Prioritize so you can be flexible. Know what’s important to you, but also be clear on your must-haves and like-to-haves. When you search for your new home, you want to find something that will meet your needs for several years.
  3. Look below the surface. Paint, carpet, decor and cleanliness are some of the hardest things to look past, but also the easiest things to change. Don’t let your emotional response to these surface things limit your ability to see a house that is otherwise perfect for you.
  4. Look deep below the surface. While paint, carpet, and décor are easy to fix, structural integrity, aging roofs, inefficient heating & ventilation systems, as well as leaks and water damage are not. Take time to look at the roof before you go in, ask about the age of the furnace, and look for signs of mold or water damage.
  5. Keep resell in mind. Although it’s important to choose a house that you’ll find comfortable, you should put some thought into how easy (or difficult) it will be to sell one day. What may seem like an incredible bargain today, could end up being a tedious burden in the future.