Are you in the market for a new home? Not sure what you want, what your style is, or where you want to live? Right now, times are not the easiest, being stuck at home is hardly ideal but…what if you used this time to create the perfect home wish list?? Sure you’ve thought about what things you may want in your new space but have you really taken the time to think about all the things you love and maybe not love in your current home? We’ve come with a list of questions and some helpful tips you may want to utilize to ensure you get the most out of your new home!!
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION:
Of course, you know where you want to live, right? Deciding on a location is the single most important decision in your new home. What do want out of your neighborhood? Here are a few questions to ask yourself.
1. How close do you want your neighbors to be? Do you like your privacy or would you prefer your neighbors are close, like, really close?
2. Do you want amenities? Some neighborhoods include pools, trails, parks, holiday parties, even community garage sales. Some may come at a price, HOA fees, so remember to include this cost in your total monthly budget. Maybe you’ve decided you don’t need all of the community activities but would still like to be close to shopping, restaurants, and bars. Make sure to consider what stores you love to shop at or places you like to visit often when buying your new home, being close to your favorite places may make your home that much better!
3. Could you call it home? You want to live in a neighborhood that makes you feel at home. Different neighborhoods have different amounts of traffic and noise. Do you feel safe there, do you like the architectural style of the community? You can use THIS WEBSITE to check with local authorities about the frequency of incidents and crime reported in the neighborhood.
When using our New mobile app, you can search by neighborhood rather than zip code, this way you can narrow your search to a few of your favorite communities. You can even use the map to explore surrounding neighborhoods you didn’t know about. We suggest you drive around those neighborhoods to get a better feel for how it would work for you and your family!
What’s working and what’s not working in your current home??
Why have you decided to move? Maybe the floor plan isn’t right, maybe your family has grown and you need more space, maybe the things you once loved about your home don’t work for your lifestyle anymore. Your current home is the best example to use for what you want or need out a new space. Not exactly sure how to do that? Here you go:
- 1. What are your 3 favorite and least favorite qualities of your current home? Do you love your large bedrooms or maybe hate the stairs? Make sure to pay attention to the spaces you spend the most time in, what makes them so inviting? While you’re on the hunt look for those features. Also, not having those least favorites around anymore will most certainly make for happier home life.
2. Have you thought about the layout and finishes? What layout will work best for your lifestyle and family activities? Do you need open-concept living or would you like more separation of spaces? Think about how much space you really need to be comfortable. What about the finishes? Do you like them, do they speak to your design aesthetic? If not, are you ready and willing to do some projects? How many projects are you willing to do or hire someone to do? Make sure you keep these things in mind when it comes to your budget. If you know you may want to do some work at your new home call around to a few contractors and get an idea of how much the repairs might cost. CLICK HERE to search for vendors in your area.
3. What’s does outside mean to you? Do you currently have an outdoor space? If not, do you want one? Here in the sunshine state, we are lucky to have some great outdoor weather. Keep in mind the maintenance and just how much yard you feel comfortable taking care of. What about curb appeal and landscaping? Pulling up every day to a beautifully maintained yard is a great feeling. Lastly, think about storage and parking. Do you need a garage to store your lawn equipment and extra home supplies or can you get away with a carport or shed? Having space to keep all your items clean and organized may make all the difference.