Homebuyer Checklist: Find Out What Matters Most

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If you’re embarking on the exciting process of searching for a new home, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed.   After all, from selecting the right location to securing the necessary financing, there are many important details to tackle.

These details can often cloud your judgment when looking at prospective homes to buy.  However, in order to be happy in your new home for years to come, you must choose a property that embodies what’s most important to you.  Organize your priorities on a list and jot down the things that matter most to you. If you have school aged children then perhaps choosing a neighborhood with a strong school system is paramount. If you prefer a commute that isn’t too taxing on your schedule, choosing something that is closer to your workplace might be a top goal. Maybe the amenities or features of your new home carry the most weight in terms of your home buying goals.

Regardless of where your priorities lie, it is essential to know and recognize them and evaluate the “absolutely must haves” against the things that are your “would like to haves”. Here are the questions that we at Amanda Howard Real Estate recommend considering and we suggest using the answers as a guide when selecting your new home:

- What part of town/neighborhood do you want to live in?
- What price range would you consider? Establish the maximum price or payment you’d consider.
- Are schools a factor and, if so, what do you need to take into consideration (i.e., the school ranking, whether the kids can walk to school, etc.)?
- Do you want an older home or a newer home (less than five years old)?
- What kind of houses would you be willing to see (i.e., ranch, two-story, split level, condo, etc.)?
- What style house appeals to you most (i.e., contemporary, traditional, colonial, etc.)?
- How much renovation would you be willing to do?
- Do you need to be close to specific locations? (Redstone Arsenal gates, Huntsville Hospital, Downtown Huntsville, Downtown Madison, Highway 565, etc.)
- Do you have any physical needs that must be met, such as wheelchair access?
- Do you have any animals that will require special facilities?
- What criteria does the lot the property sits on have to meet (i.e., acreage, fenced yard, two-car garage, patio/deck, views, etc.)?
- What criteria does the interior of the home need to meet (i.e., number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, square footage, etc.)?
- Which of the following features of the home are most important to you?

Important!  Consider must-haves vs. would-like-to-haves:
Wall-to-wall carpet
Hardwood floors
Eat-in kitchen
Separate dining room
Formal living room
Family room
Separate den or library
Bonus room
“In-law” suite
Lots of windows ( natural light)
Storm Shelter

Answering the above questions will help you center in on what’s most important to you and what you can let go of. This exercise will also help you narrow your home search and find your new home much sooner.
As always, when you’re ready to embark on this exciting journey – we are right here looking forward to assisting you with it! Contact us today for a customized consultation of your needs so we can get to work right away.

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