The Location

You can change almost everything else. But, once bought or built, you cannot change your home’s location. When you go house hunting, consider any potential home’s proximity to your work, the charm of the neighborhood, how the home is situated on the lot, ease of access, noise from neighbors, traffic, and pets, as well as access to parks, shopping, schools, and public transportation.

The Site

Beyond location, look at the site of the home. If the home is on a hill or close to water(sea or ocean), does it have a view or lots of stairs to climb? Do neighbors’ windows look directly into the home? Is the yard suitable for kids, pets, gardening, or other uses?

The Neighborhood

Be sure the neighborhood, and not just the house, meets your expectations. You’ll have a great view! Drive around on weekdays and weekends, during the day and in the evening. Are homes in the neighborhood consistent in size and features? Do the neighbors keep the yards clean and tidy, or are there old cars and trash around? Is the neighborhood safe enough for people to walk, run, or bike, and are there children playing in the yards?

The Home’s style

Your home should reflect your lifestyle. Depending on the type of person you are, you will pick a style that best reflects your personality. Whether to have something simpler and more contemporary or stylish and mind-blowing. Ask yourself whether the roof in good condition. Is the landscaping attractive and are the sidewalks leading to the home safe?

The Size and the Floor Plan

You may be thinking about buying your dream home. But is your dream home impractical? Do you need four bedrooms and four baths when you live alone? A large home can give you the extra space you’ve always wanted for a home office or crafts or art projects, but will expensive to maintain.

Think about how the new home space will be used and whether it will fit your lifestyle now and in the future.

The Kitchen

If the kitchen is the heart of your home, don’t settle for a home with a kitchen that won’t work. You can always remodel, but it’s very costly. Can you replace cabinet faces and countertops? Will an inexpensive makeover be sufficient? Don’t worry about appliances, as they can usually be easily replaced.

The Windows and Lighting

Do you love a bright sunny room or do you love privacy? Look at home with light and sunshine in mind. Look at the locations of electrical outlets and fixtures. Will they accommodate your lighting needs? Is there recessed lighting in the kitchen, cove lighting in the family room and a lovely chandelier in the dining room? If not, you can add them later, but it’s nice to have it in place when you move in.

The Finishing Touches

Sometimes the simplest home looks spectacular thanks to the exotic interior decor. If these elements are important to you, look for them while house hunting or be ready to add them after you move in.

If you keep these specific elements of a home in mind, you should end up with your dream home.

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