If you’re in the market for a new home, we can help you decide if you’ve actually found the house you’re looking for.
As more and more homes come onto the Brantford & Norfolk County markets, buyers have more options to choose from! It’s a wonderful problem to have – choosing from a wider variety of houses for sale means you’re bound to found something great.
But how do you know when you’ve found “The One”?
We’ve put together 7 easy ways to tell if the house you’re considering buying is the right one for your needs:
- It’s got all the basics you need
- It fits within your budget
- The location suits your needs
- You can imagine living there now
- You can imagine living there in the future
- It passes the inspection with no deal breaking surprises
- You can’t help putting it above all the other homes you’ve viewed
Let’s dive into each one of these indicators and see if this home is the one for you.
Does The House Meet Your Basic Needs?
Before anything else, this home needs to work for your family logistically. Ask yourself, are there enough bedrooms and bathrooms to suit your lifestyle? Is there enough space to add these rooms if needed?
You should also consider the overall square footage. Determine if you would be happy with the amount of space this home provides. You don’t want to be in a position where you find yourself regretting that you have too little (or too much) space later on.
Be honest with what your wants and needs are, without being distracted by pretty finishes and paint colours. The house needs to fit you, your family and all your belongings. If it does, then this could potentially be the one for you.
Can You Afford the House?
The other obvious question to ask yourself up front is will you be able to afford this home, its maintenance costs and monthly taxes? You need to determine if the home fits comfortably within your budget, or whether you will find yourself living paycheque to paycheque just to make your monthly payments.
Banks like to make sure your mortgage won’t be more than 35% of your monthly income. Anything more than 35% of your monthly income will make you considered a risky borrower and that may affect your interest rate.
So your best bet is to get pre-approved for a mortgage before shopping for a house so you’ll know what you can reasonably afford.
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How Do You Feel About the Location?
We are always saying: “location, location, location“. Living in the right location that suits your needs is essential to making this home the one. While the home may have all the bedrooms, bathrooms and space you want, and even if it’s within your budget, you can’t change the location it’s in.
Finding the right location is pertinent to being happy with the home you’ve purchased. The neighbourhood your home is in can fully affect your quality of life and affect you for years to come.
Our professional advice when it comes to choosing the right location is to drive around the neighbourhood and get to know it. You should find out some of the following:
- How are the schools in this area and how many are there?
- Is the home close enough to shopping centres, restaurants and other things you enjoy doing?
- Are there parks, gyms or other recreational areas nearby?
- How will this location affect your commute to school or work?
- Does the neighbourhood seem attractive to you and a place where you’d want to live?
If you are pleased with the answers to these questions, the location is probably a good candidate for your next home.
Can You Imagine Living There Now?
As you walk through the house, are you imagining where all your furniture will go? Are you re-decorating in your mind and choosing paint colours? If you’re already dreaming of cooking in the kitchen or relaxing on the back patio, chances are this house is the one.
Can You Imagine Living There in the Future?
Ask yourself: will this house still meet your needs 5 or 10 years down the road? Whether you’re planning on getting married and having children, or if you’re planning on retiring and becoming empty-nesters, you need to determine if the home will continue to work for you. While your needs may change over the coming years, it’s always great if your home can adapt with you.
Does the House Pass the Inspection?
While no house (new or used) is 100% perfect, only you can decide the amount of work you’d be willing to put into it. Changing paint colours and fixtures are easy modifications, but what if there’s something more serious? Are you financially able and available to tackle those issues?
A professional home inspection will give you a clearer idea of what potential problems this home has. Then your REALTOR® can help negotiate the cost of repairs from the asking price. If you feel like the good parts of the home outweigh the bad – despite these defects – it may be the right property for you.
You Can’t Stop Thinking About It!
After you’ve looked at a number of potential homes, is there one that you’re constantly thinking about? If none of the other properties you’ve viewed are giving you the same feeling, that should speak for itself.
You can rest assured that once you start comparing every other home you’ve seen to a particular one, it starts to become clear: you’ve found the one!
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