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Tips for Buying Your First Home

November 6, 2014
Words by HomeZada
Photos courtesy of HomeZada

There some obvious things to consider when buying a house like price, size and room quantities to support your family. However, some other considerations come to mind that may not always be top of your list when considering a new home. 

Work Commute
Spending time with your family is often overlooked when you need to manage your commute to work. Whether you are close to the office or far, this could impact the available time left to spend with your family. If you have a short commute you can make it home for dinner or attend your children’s after school events. Long work commutes can also create undue stress that might result in frustration when you arrive at the office or arrive back at home that evening.

School Districts
If you have children or are planning on having children, knowing which school districts your children will attend and the caliber of those schools can make a difference in the overall education and influences in your child’s life. Gathering detailed information about the schools, both public and private, in your potential new area will help develop a strategy on how you want your children educated.

Neighborhood Surroundings
Take a look at the neighborhood and where you would go to the grocery store or are there farmer’s markets. Is your home close to services like religious services, dry cleaning, nail salons, workout facilities, physician’s offices and more. If you like to play a more active role in your community, these types of services can become outlets to making new friends and learning more about your neighborhood. When considering your neighborhood, also review the entertainment facilities like movie theatres, outdoor venues, restaurants and parks. These types of facilities might be important to you when moving to a new community.

Best Time to Buy
You may be more flexible when buying a new home or you might be in a position where a job promotion or relocation is crucial to your moving date. However, most times, you have the ability to manage your move date. Take into consideration your children’s school year, weather conditions…too much snow can make it challenging to move, your job and its projects, your ability to get your belongings packed and organized.

Many people think that windows do not have that big of an impact on buying a home. However, a home with a lot of windows in a sunny location needs coverings or blinds to help manage the sun and therefore the heat inside your home. Single pane windows are older windows which can cause challenges in cold and warm areas forcing your HVAC units to work harder during extreme weather conditions. Moving into a home with single pane windows might force you to consider replacing the windows, which can be a large expense.

Review the Home During Different Times During the Day
A home has a different appearance during different times of the day. Morning sun might illuminate a particular part of the home that may be a wonderful advantage or one that causes a lot of heat in a very popular room for the family. Evening sun can have a similar effect. Where the light hits the home during different parts of the day could impact your comfort in your home.

Each of these topics are easy to add to your list of considerations when buying a home and can help you get the home you will love.

HomeZada is an online home management software company. The mobile and online site helps you track your future and current remodels, furnishings, landscape and other home improvement projects. Get templates to create projects budgets, forecast your home spending and track your purchases. The site also alerts you to general maintenance tasks which should be done to maintain/improve your home value.

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