Finding the home of your dreams can be an amazing experience. You can fall head over heels for a home the second you step into the living room, and just fall more and more in love as you walk through the rest of it. This can make you overlook some major flaws that you wouldn’t have if you hadn’t been blinded by your love of the home. While the house might be perfect on the surface, it might not be the house for you. Here are some tips on picking a home that you’ll love and is right for you.

Shop Within Your Budget

Speak to your lender and get a price limit that you can comfortably afford based on your income and current debts. Then only look at homes that are within that price range. This will keep you from falling in love that would overextend you and put the bank’s investment at risk.

Work With a Real Estate Professional

When you look on the internet, you run the risk of finding a home way out of your league. You’re more than welcome to look online, just make sure to stay in your price range. If you look at homes that are more expensive than you can afford you’re going to fall in love with the extras and space you’ll find there. Share your wish list with a real estate professional and let them preview homes for you.

Shop for the Size You Need

Buying a home that’s too big is a common mistake buyers make. While you might think that buying a home with the most space with the money you have is a good idea, remember the operating costs of heating and cooling and the hassle of keeping all those rooms clean. Plan out how many rooms you’ll need and stick to a home with that many rooms.

Shop for Your Lifestyle

Consider your lifestyle. If you’re single and travel often, you probably don’t want a home with lots of land to maintain, you’d probably want a condo or something on a smaller lot in a gated community. If you have kids, you’ll probably want something in a nice neighborhood with lots of parks nearby.

Keep Your Commute in Mind

While they offer the most comforts and space, many of the newest homes are built on cheaper land that’s farther from city centers. Keep the commute to work in mind when you’re picking a home or neighborhood.

Remember You Have to Live in the House

A home can look absolutely perfect on the surface, but be completely impossible to function in. Is there space for a table to put your keys? Is there a place where the kids can drop their backpacks after school? Does your office have enough space to work in? Are there enough bathrooms for everyone to use during that morning rush?

Don’t Let a Home’s Look Fool You

Affordable homes are often older or need a little work. You can often turn a so-so home into the perfect home with some minor cosmetic updates. No home is perfect, so don’t worry about by ugly wallpaper or paint, it can be easily changed. The right house for you might not be the biggest, prettiest, newest house on the block, but it should be the house that fits the many needs of your household. When comparing homes remember to keep your wish list, price range, number of bedrooms needed, space and amenities that are needed, in mind. Once you move in you’ll see that that the perfect home is the one that suits you and your needs best.

If you’re ready to start the search for your dream home, contact The Sandi Pressley Team.