After more than 15 years as a licensed real estate seller in New York State, I realize that most potential buyers initially pay more attention to the financial aspects of buying a home, such as: down payments and closing costs; qualify for an affordable mortgage; real estate taxes; and the likely costs of repairs, renovations and improvements. Buyers then often consider the specific area (pros and cons), safety (real and/or perceived), amenities, school system, etc. While these are essential and significant considerations, there are also at least 6 other things that are often overlooked before purchasing a specific home. To truly enjoy your own home, these considerations are also quite significant in the long run. With that in mind, this article will attempt, briefly, to consider, examine, review, and discuss 6 key areas of consideration that wise homebuyers consider from the start.
1. house style: There are many architectural styles of residential houses. Each has specific advantages and disadvantages, and these are often key considerations. The most commonly seen are: Rancho; Layer; Two-tier; colonials, etc. The key advantage of a ranch style is that it is on one floor! This especially appeals to those who don’t want to, or are challenged to go up, up and down stairs! However, it also means that the rooms are located on the same floor, which can limit the attractiveness of the rest of the area. Houses, you know, like Capes, are, because, at one point, they were prevalent, on Cape Cod. Generally, the upstairs rooms have sloping ceilings and, unless extended, are often smaller rooms. They are often selected as starter homes because they are usually the least expensive, with style! Many expand these, over time, to increase their usefulness etc! Split-level homes are usually built that way to accommodate the lay of the land. Some enjoy this style while others don’t! One usually goes up and/or down a few steps, going from room to room! Traditionally, colonial houses are the most popular and the most expensive. This shape typically has the bedrooms upstairs and the entertainment and dining areas on the main floor!
two. Heating Options: Although all forms of heating options may not be available, in all areas the main options are: oil; gas; electricity; solar; geo – thermal, etc, and/or, some combination/hybrid system. There are differences, in terms of costs, clean air, ease of delivery; etc., so consider what you might feel most comfortable and happy with.
3. Traditional versus modern design: Some issues are based on the buyer’s personal tastes and preferences. Do you prefer a more traditional style or a modern design? What features etc do you think are priorities etc?
Four. Number/size of rooms: How many bedrooms do you need and want/wish to serve, present needs, future needs, etc.? What size are you looking for and why? Specifically, look at the master bedroom and ask yourself if it will make you happy.
5. Toilets: How many bathrooms do you want (eg, how about a master bathroom, etc.) and what are the main needs and features you are looking for? While you can often renew, consider costs, conveniences, personal tastes, needs, and personal priorities!
6. Kitchen options: What are you looking for in a kitchen? Does the space, provide, the ability, to make the necessary changes, to deal with your wishes, etc.?
Wise buyers must consider personal needs, priorities, and what they are looking for and prioritize, in what they will call, their home! Are you prepared to pay close attention to your best interests?