Are you considering buying a new home but you don’t know where to start? It can be a challenging process, and if you don’t answer the right questions early enough, it can be a bit overwhelming in the long run. You should start by asking yourself some specific questions. Make sure you do your due diligence in regards to making your home buying decision, as it will likely be your largest investment.
Start by Using our New Home Checklist!
When you start looking for a new home, it is helpful to start with a checklist of things you definitely want included. This can save you a lot of time in the search process, and allow for a smoother buying experience. You should start by considering your own personal tastes and family preferences. Make sure you recognize these preferences and tastes early.
It can be tough if you think you will know your dream home when you walk through it. Sit down and make a wish list of features and elements that are both nonnegotiable and negotiable in your home search. Start by using this checklist:
- What are your top three locations you are considering?
- Are you looking for a specific school district? If so, what are your preferences?
- What style of home appeals to you most? (Traditional, “Charleston”, Ranch etc.)
- What type of construction do you prefer? (Wood Siding, Vinyl Siding, Aluminum Siding, Brick, Stucco Stone)
- What size lot do you want to have? Do you want it fenced?
- How many bedrooms do you want? (1,2,3,4)
- How many bathrooms do you want? (1,2,3,4)
- Do you want a stand-alone laundry room?
- Do you want a fireplace?
- Do you want a garage? Two-car garage? Three-car garage?
This is just a brief list of questions that are good to get you started. If you already know what you are truly looking for, then it is still a good idea to write it down, so all of your thoughts are in order. You can find more great information in our Free Homebuyer Guide, in addition to the complete list.