There’s no place like home. That just isn’t a saying from Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz as she clicks her heels together, but something that every homeowner feels when they have found the perfect home. A home is not just about the 4 corners of what we call home, but something more magical after we have put our personal touches into it. It’s our niche, a place we are comfortable with to just be “us”. It’s our haven, our sanctuary, our comfort zone. So if you’re thinking of becoming more than just a rent-paying citizen, and want to venture into finding your own piece of heaven, here are some things to consider before making that all important purchase.
The first most important thing to consider is to get pre-qualified. You don’t want to fall in love with a house and later find out that house is out of your budget. You will want to find your price range and stay within it. Consider us, when taking that first step at no cost or obligation.
Make a list of your “can’t live without”, “what I’d like but is negotiable”, and “what I don’t want”. Think about the type of lifestyle you and your family would like to have. Do you want a family-friendly neighborhood? One where you can easily get out and walk the dog? Or do you prefer a more quiet neighborhood with no children? These are all things to consider when it’s time to make that big decision.
Think about a neighborhood in the area that appeals to you. You may have heard wonderful things about a certain neighborhood, but when you visit it’s not you. Visit these neighborhoods at different times of the day and week. Get a feel for the weekdays, nighttime, and weekends. If you aren’t feeling it, or don’t love what you see, this is probably not the neighborhood for you.
If you have children, schools are another thing to consider. Do your research. Talk to friends that have children in schools and ask their likes and dislikes. Unless you plan on private school, this is one of the most important things to consider.
See as many homes in your price range as you can. You may feel as if you’re putting your realtor out, but that’s what a good real estate agent does. Take notes at each house, as you may forget which houses had which features after seeing 3 or 4 in one day. Imagine how your “stuff” will look in each house. Do you picture this as your haven?
Owning your own home can be a wonderful venture. But it will only bring you that pleasure if you do your research. Fayetteville is a wonderful community with a lot to offer. Owning a home brings you the freedom to decorate and make changes to fit you and your style. It is a terrific investment!