Remember, that your property does not exist in isolation.
It’s part of a larger neighbourhood where you will live on a daily basis.
With that in mind, it’s critical that you find a neighborhood that suits your needs before buying.
Does your haven give you all the peace of a secluded forest? Tons of energy from a bustling city center? Do you want to be able to walk to a coffee shop each morning or would you prefer not to have to contend with potentially noisy neighbors?
Do some research before buying. Take a walk in the beighbourhood and spend some time there, if possible. Go out to eat at local restaurants and talk to a friendly face.
Feel comfortable before you make that BIG decision.
How much space do you need? Figure it out.
A home that is too small for your family will leave you continually trying to make space.
A large property means shooting the budget.
Think about the space that you currently live in. How does it feel? Do you have enough bedrooms or do multiple family members have to share? Is there enough storage for all of your belongings? In addition to considering your current living situation, you should also consider your plans for the future. If you think you may be making an addition to your family sometime soon, plan for a little extra room.
Budget for some breathing space before you make that BIG decision.
Not all square footage is created equal.
Compare two properties that are 2,000 square feet.
One may have a bigger living area while the other could focus on more spacious bedrooms.
Find a layout that is as close to perfect for you as possible. Picture yourself using the space as you walk through the property. Think about things you’d like to do over the years you spend in your dream home. Plan the layout according to your needs, now and in the future.
Get the space efficiently laid out before you make the BIG decision.