Lifestyle

Now that you are ready to buy a home, you want to make sure it’s the perfect fit for you. The home you choose should fit your lifestyle and have features that appeal to you and your family.

Features

There are several things to keep in mind when viewing the interior of the house. Do the floor plan, storage space, appliances, and quantity of bathrooms meet your needs? You should visualize your furniture in the home to get an impression of whether or not it will work. When viewing the exterior, you want to make sure the yard is big enough to meet your needs. Imagine coming home after a long day at work. Does this home give you that “special feeling?”

Overall Condition

Be sure to ask questions about the plumbing, electrical, foundation, and the roof. You should also inquire about insulation on the walls and attic and if systems and appliances have been replaced. You want to buy a home that is in good condition so that you are not putting all your money into fixing it up. The price reduction on a “fixer upper” may not seem like much of a discount after putting the money and work you have to put into making the house livable.

Value

It’s good to know if the Market has gone up or down since the seller bought the home. You then can compare it with what it is worth in today’s market. Finding what the other homes in the neighborhood have sold for and comparing those prices is the best way to find the value. The bank’s appraiser will generate the value based on these comparables.

Land

If you are in a flood zone, you may have to pay flood insurance. FEMA has flood maps online to view for free. You may also want to check with the parish. Have your Realtor check the property disclosure document for clarification.

Schools

If you have children, you will want to do research on the local schools before thinking about buying a home. You can check the school district website for more information.

Future

When choosing your home, you should anticipate your future needs and wants. Do you have enough room now and will you have enough room in the future? Will the home meet your needs as your lifestyle changes? 

Realtor®

Having a trustworthy, reliable, driven Realtor, is essential to making your home buying experience smooth. You need a Realtor who you can work closely with and is willing to go above and beyond to find you the house of your dreams.