At last, January has finally ended, being one of the longest and hardest months in history. January was a trial month. Now is the time to thankfully make room for buying, flipping, and selling homes is a major priority for you this time of year. For most of you, who have been waiting for the cold winters to end at a faster rate, so you can begin your “epic” home search. January was a month filled with amazing wins, and some surprising losses, one month down and eleven more to go! The truth is that it is crucial to stay committed to buying your family home. The doors of opportunity are opening and this is the month to grab a hold of those homes that are in foreclosure and ready-to-buy, or you may find some homes that are a little older, and only need a little restoration work done in order to make the dream of home ownership a reality!
Whether you are a first-time home buyer, or veteran there are certain amenities that you should pay close attention to when looking to buy a home. While people make the staging process of a home look so easy and appealing, remember that once the current owner takes the belongings out of the home, the foundation of the house will remain.
And Girl, most families are using this time to put their homes on the market the closer to Spring/Summer seasons while they are taking the lead with making major life decisions to make a smooth transition into new careers, change in family dynamics, along with the heavy social and political climate changing in this country does not make the process any easier for aspiring home owners. You may find that you have to relocate to a different state, city, or town just to live your best life! So to say the least, looking for a home can be overwhelming, stressful, and sometimes one of the most daunting tasks ever! But if you begin the process early by considering the best outcomes for your family, you will enjoy the rewards of home ownership.
Listen, look at these five amenities when considering buying a home to help assure that you are getting the biggest bang for your buck, for a long-term investment for your home owning future.
1. Kitchen Appliances: One of the most utilized places in the home besides the living room and walk-way is the kitchen. The most expensive part of the home are the appliances. The age, care, and condition of the kitchen appliances in the home will have a direct impact as to whether you will need to buy new ones, or they will need to be serviced or replaced during the time that you are living in your home.
2. Finishes and materials: When you know the price range, know what finishes are expected and at what price point. A less expensive home will have vinyl flooring, lower end carpeting and possible plastic laminate counters in the kitchen.
While higher end homes may have more expensive flooring such as tile and wood, with solid surfacing in the kitchen such as granite or slate.
3. Look at the ceiling: The ceiling is a predictable place for water spots to show from possible leaks and cracks from structural damage to the ceiling structure. Pay attention to cracks in drywall, wall surfaces, and where the ceiling meets the wall for warning signs.
4. Major systems: Take a closer look at the heating/air conditioner unit, hot water heater, and other major systems in the house when looking at the home. These systems can be costly to repair and recover if they are left in a state of disrepair for too long.
While these may not be of major concerns when you are a new home owner, it is a excellent reminder to double-check the systems and to add to your growing to-do list.
5. Look at the neighborhood: The house itself where it is located, curb appeal, and being in a great city or town is very important for a homeowner. However, safety and proximity to several amenities should be considered as well.
Research nearby schools if you have children. What are the ratings for the schools? How have other students tested on the state level? The travel time to work, stores, dry cleaners, family dining, airports, and how the neighborhood is laid out. You should take a close look at the property value if you decide to relocate when your children leave the home, and you become a empty nester. You should feel comfortable in your neighborhood as much as you do in your home. Your family should feel a sense of peace, love, and joy by living in a safe and secure home.