You have decided that it’s time to start looking for a new home. Decrease stress, save time, and maximize efficiency by using this house-hunting checklist.

#1 Search for the Right Price

It’s easy to set a budget for yourself, but it can be difficult to stick to it. Looking at houses that are out of your price range can be fun, but it can also be a waste of time. Don’t allow yourself to get lost in homes that aren’t in your price range. Keep your budget in mind while looking at all homes and properties. You don’t want to fall in love with something you can’t have, and you definitely don’t want to be put in a bad spot later by purchasing a home that’s out of your price range. 

#2 Prioritize Location

When it comes to buying a new home, keep in mind that it might not be the same distance from places you usually go. Location is very important for your schedule and for your lifestyle. If being close to your children’s school is important, falling in love with a house that’s inconveniently far away might not be ideal.

#3 Long Term

When you are buying a home, the amenities it comes with matter. The number of bedrooms, the size of the backyard, having enough bathrooms, etc. are all things to consider for your new home. Whether your family is growing, or kids are moving out and it’s time to downsize, thinking about how your life is changing will affect what you need to look for in a new home.

#4 Condition of the Property

Finding a home that’s under budget is great, but it’s important to evaluate the actual condition of the home, both inside and out. If you are purchasing a home that is rather dated and needs updates, consider what room you have in your budget for that. A more-recently constructed home may come with a higher price tag, but it may still cost less than purchasing a home that will require extensive renovations.

#5 Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Focus on the major items on your dream-home checklist. Don’t let the colors of the walls or the outdated kitchen cabinets keep you from what could be your perfect home. Focus on getting the key items you want for a long-term home checked off your list. Just like the saying goes, don’t sweat the small stuff! Painting a room is a breeze, adding a bedroom, however, is not. 

Your dream home is out there, and Elite Group is here to help you find it. A home inspection is a crucial step when deciding what home is right for you.