When it comes to picking the right place to live, whether you’re renting or buying, there are some things that you may want to consider. It makes sense to make a list of the things that matter to you when it comes to house hunting and when it comes to what you both want and need in a home. These wants and needs will depend on family size, your career, and more.
Here are some of the things you might want to think about when it comes to home hunting.
What do you want your home to offer? Are you just looking for a roof over your head and have the money to supply the things you need, like a washer and a stove. Or, do you want a place that already comes with these things? Renting most likely comes with at least a stove and fridge, but buying often does too, you just have to look for the right rental.
You may not be a fan of yard work, so you might want to look into a place that either has no yard or comes with someone to do the yard work for you (something common when it comes to renting). Condos are a great way to get a beautiful home without all the need to do yard work, as well.
Where’s It Located?
You definitely want to look into the location of the homes you’re considering. Is it a safe area? Is it close to good schools, your job, places you like to go? If you want to find out what kinds of crimes are common in the areas you are looking at you can visit a crime mapping site for the latest statistics.
How Much Does It Cost?
How much a place costs and how much you can afford to pay also factor into the equation when it comes to home hunting. Can you afford your monthly rent plus any utility costs? How much can you afford and what do the rental prices look like in the area you want to live?
Consider purchasing a home if you have good credit and a down payment. Payments for home buyers are often far less than rental payments.
An apartment could be too small for a growing family, making it wise to rent a home or a townhouse if that is what you intend to do (rent). You want to make sure there is room enough for everyone so people are comfortable and not crowded in. You can always move when your lease is up, though.
If you ar buying, size matters even more. You may be paying off your home for 30 years. Consider how big your family may grow in that time and plan ahead while house shopping.