5 Ways to Tell If a House Is Right for You

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Looking for a new home can be stressful, and it can be fun. It’s exciting to imagine yourself in a new home. However, it is also easy to get caught up in certain aspects of a home (like the size of the bedrooms) and forget about other important factors. If you want to avoid buyer’s remorse, you need to look at all the different aspects of a home. The best thing to do is come up with a list ahead of time that describes exactly what you want in a house.

You may not get everything on your wish list, but if you think ahead, you can prioritize the most important things on your list. Once you start shopping, it’s easy to see what you imagine is your dream home and forget about the other things you need in a home. Here are five factors to consider.

1. Location

It is so easy to fall in love with a home, regardless of where it is located. Even if you tell your realtor that you have a target neighborhood, your realtor may take you to other locations if they think you will get a better deal or find what you want. However, even if you find your dream home, if it isn’t in a location that works for you, the big rooms and fancy landscaping will only impress you for so long. You need to consider if the area is safe, if the schools are good, if you are near stores you like to go to, and how far your commute to work will be. Not only does location affect you, but it affects the future market value of the home if you ever decide to sell it again.