When you’re looking for a new home to buy, you will tour anywhere from a few to dozens of properties. If you find yourself in a place where you love two homes for sale, consider yourself lucky! Many buyers are just thankful to find one house that sticks out from the rest. This is not a bad problem to have! Taking some time to compare both houses and the surrounding areas side by side can really help you make the right decision. Although, it’s important to remember that time is not really on your side. You won’t have an endless amount of time to decide on the home. If you wait too long, you could miss out on a great home. Use these steps to help you and your family decide on the perfect home for you.
Make a pro/con list
The first step you should take is prepare a pro and con list. The rest of these tips will include what you can add to your list. Don’t just make a mental pro and con list! Actually writing down what you love and don’t love about the two houses will help you make a decision more than you think.
If both properties are within your budget there isn’t much to consider here. Although, pay close attention to what the house offers for the price. If one home is slightly cheaper and offers extra features, it may be worth it to consider that home more. Don’t decide on a house solely on price. Just because one property is cheaper than the other doesn’t mean it’s the right one for you. Price is also important to consider when thinking long term. Remember you will be paying for this home the next 15-30 years.
As much as you can choose your house, you can’t choose its location or your neighbors. The state of the neighborhood is a very important consideration to add to your pro and con list. How well kept is the subdivision? Are there HOA fees? Do you think you and your family would be a good fit for the neighborhood? Before you get too emotionally attached to a home, make sure you can fall in love with the neighborhood too.
While you’re checking out the neighborhood, look up the crime rate for the area as well. Even stopping by the local police station to receive this information can be very useful in making a decision. You should especially compare crime rates if the two houses are on opposite sides of town.
The location of both properties in relation to work, school, and shopping is important to consider. If one home has an extra 15 min drive to most retail spots, that’s something to consider if its worth making a commitment to.
For some buyers, finding a home in a certain school district is a must. If both houses you’re deciding between are not in the same school district, it’s important to research the schools to determine what is a good fit for your family. If you had your heart set on living in a certain school district, that may be the deciding factor for which house to choose. Even if there are no children in the house attending school currently, do research on schools if there might be children in the house in the future.
Consider the Future
Speaking of the future, considering what your life might look like years down the road might help you decide which home is best for you. Is there room to grow in each house or does one seem to only fit your current needs? In each of these areas of consideration, it’s important to consider the future. Look at each home and imagine what your future could look like. This might do just the trick to set one home above the other.
Even with a detailed pro and con list, sometimes you just have to go with your gut instinct. Which house do you compare all the others to? Which is the one you can’t stop thinking about? It’s not bad at all to love two different houses. Spending time considering important aspects of each house, their neighborhoods, and trusting your gut will help you decide on your next dream home.
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