the checklist guide to finding your dream home

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Buying a new home can be an overwhelming and exciting adventure. Before you go home hunting, you probably have an image of the kind of home you want to buy in mind. The more significant challenge comes when you do not have the knowledge or experience in looking for homes; deceitful agents are many.

Once you know what you are looking for, you can start by researching online for any locations and neighborhoods that fit your description; but you will need some legwork. Arm yourself with the necessary information before facing any agent.

If you are still uncertain about which home to buy, these tips might help you.

Do Quality Research

You will need to do intensive research before settling for any home in the market. When you notice a potential home, visit the neighborhood and learn it better. Make sure that the surrounding is conducive for your family, especially if you have kids and pets. 

It would be best to find an excellent person to guide you through the process. Then, you can identify a reputable agent who knows the area. Check here for more info on the best real estate agents to involve in determining a perfect home.

Work Within Your Budget

Many properties will fit the descriptions of your dream home, but they will have different prices. Nevertheless, it is good to have a budget in mind and probably write before going to the market. Suppose you plan to buy the home on mortgage or loan, get the home loan approval beforehand to know how much you have to spend.

Weigh various payment plans offered by different sellers and see which one suits you best. Negotiating prices can save you a significant amount of money. It may be more comfortable settling in a new home without straining your bank account.

You May Need to Renovate

It is possible to find a home design that attracts you, but the condition is not pleasing; look at the potential it holds. Then, check if some new painting, kitchen, and bathroom remodeling would transform it to meet your dream.

With a few renovations and additions like new lighting, front yard improvement can turn a haggard-looking compound into a magnificent home.

Home Inspection Is Critical

A home inspector will look through the entire home, from the interior to the exterior, and provide you with genuine information. The inspector will also check for any structural damage or necessary replacements and give reports to you as the home buyer and the seller. 

From the inspection report, you will know whether the seller needs to do some renovations or you are ready to close the deal. Ensure that you are receiving the correct value for your money.

Do Not Expect Too Much

As much as you have a mental picture of the home you are looking for, always make your mind flexible. Some things could be different even when you are building a house yourself. If a home entices you and you can afford it, move in, then spruce it up to your style.

Conclusion

Finally, you have found a perfect home; it is time to seal the deal. Property purchase involves a lot of paperwork. Complete this part with your lender and the home seller, then settle down in your new home.

** This was a contributed post.

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finding my dream home.

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Whenever I tell someone at work that we are building a home, without fail, the first question that they always ask me is, “Is it your dream home?” 

The rest of the conversation plays out like this:

Me. Laughing. “No!” I say.

Them. “Oh.” Awkward silence. “So, um … when do you think it’ll be done?”

shot0069_originalI wish that I had a better response to that inevitable dream home question. Truth be told, I find it such a ridiculous thing to ask me. It’s actually quite similar to asking a newly engaged or married person if their significant other is their soulmate, and acting disappointed if their answer isn’t a resounding yes.

So what exactly is a dream home? In my mind, it’s an idea that is either fictitious, or else attainable but only for that specific stage in a person’s life. Why? Because in the end, dream homes are fleeting. Sooner or later, we all want something different, or something more.

Now I can’t be expected to go into a rant every time that I am asked about this so-called dream home of mine. What I can do is summarize a few points that I have come up with in regards to this topic. So here we go:

shot0072_original1. First of all, I’m only 28 years old. I can’t even plan the next year, month, or week of my life, let alone my forever dream home.

2. Secondly, I’m the breadwinner. I’m not sure if that has anything to do with it other than I just like to keep reminding my husband that he makes less than I do. ;-))) I suppose what I really mean by that statement is that right now I simply can’t afford to build the perfect house.

3. Thirdly, my dream home (at least at the moment) would be quite unrealistic. To summarize, it would involve a very old and very derelict mansion. It would also be haunted, but with nice spirits and not evil ones. It would be filled with secret passageways, and each room would be incredibly big, dark, and not overly furnished. Basically, it would be modelled after the house from the film that I have been obsessed with since birth. The hill house from Clue

4. Fourthly, and most importantly, is the fact that I don’t know where I want my dream home to be located. Only twice in my life could I say that I actually loved the city that I was residing in. The others I either didn’t care for, or only grew fond of once I moved away.  Even though I’ve lived in Switzerland, Australia, and in 4 of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories, I have yet to come across a place that I want to call home for the remaining years of my life. 

It’s as simple, or not so simple, as that. 

What is your take on building or finding a dream home?

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Emory

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