What to Look for When Shopping for a House

We have lists when we go shopping for groceries and lists for what we want for our car. We even have lists of what we want in a significant other, so why are houses any different? Whether you are moving from one house to the other or moving into your first house, buying a house is a big step. In order to take this big step, you have to be prepared and part of being prepared is knowing exactly what you want. That is why it is good to have a list of key factors which are more important than the rest. Here are few top items we think you should consider:

  • Price – It is not easy to narrow down an exact price, but having a range to work with is important. Do research on the kind of areas you want to live in and the size you want your house to be. Compare that with the budget you have and come up with a good price range to start looking.
  • Size – When looking for a house you have to know the general square footage you are looking for. How many bedrooms do you want? Bathrooms? All of this will play into the price of the house, and it is good to know how much it will affect the price prior to starting your search. You want to be able to set reasonable goals for your budget.
  • Community This is very important. Whether you are single, a young couple, a young family, or retired will play into the kind of community you want to live in. Also, you will want to take into account where you want to go with your life. Are you planning on have kids? Are you planning on getting a pet? These will change the kind of communities you would like to live in.
  • Location – Different locations have different communities. You can find a family-friendly community near the water, or in the suburbs or in the country. So after you know what kind of community you want to live in, you then have to consider location. Are you a boater? You will want to live near the water. Are you a runner? You will want to live somewhere that has good trails in the area. These and much more play into what kind of location you would want.

These are just the basics for knowing what kind of house you want to live in. Always be aware of the fact that things like size, community, and location will have an impact on the price. You want to be sure that you are setting a realistic budget for yourself as well as having a realistic budget for the kind of home you want. Once you have gotten your list straightened out, it is time to contact a real estate agent. If you believe Michigan is a place you would like to live in, Coldwell Banker Hubbell Briarwood (CB-HB) is Lansing, Michigan’s premier real estate company. Visit their site today to start finding your new home or a real estate agent.

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