After over 15 years as a Real Estate Licensed Salesperson in the State of New York, I realize that most potential buyers, initially, pay the most attention to the financial aspects of buying a house, such as: down – payments and closing costs; qualifying for an affordable mortgage; real estate taxes; and, the probable charges of repairs, renovations, and upgrades! Next, buyers often consider the specific area (advantages and disadvantages), safety (actual and perceived), conveniences, school system, etc. While these are essential, meaningful considerations, there are at least six other things often – overlooked before purchasing a specific house. To truly, enjoy one’s home, these considerations, in the longer – run, are also quite significant. With that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly examine, review, and discuss six critical areas of consideration wise home buyers think from the onset.
1. Style of the house: There are many architectural styles of residential dwellings. Each has specific advantages and disadvantages and is often vital consideration. The most commonly seen are Ranch, Cape, Split-Level, Colonial, etc. The essential edge of a Ranch-style is that it is on one floor! This, especially, appeals to those who do not wish to, or are challenged, climbing up and downstairs! However, it also means that bedrooms are located on the same floor, which may limit the appeal of the rest of the area! Houses, known as Capes, are, referred to because, at one point, they were prevalent in Cape Cod. Generally, the upstairs rooms have slanted roofs and are often smaller unless expanded. They are often selected as starter homes because they are usually the least expensive style! Many grow these over time to increase their utility, etc.! Split-level houses are generally built to accommodate the lay – of – the – land. Some enjoy this style, while others do not! One usually goes – up and down a few steps, going from the room – to – room! Traditionally, Colonial houses are the most popular and cost the most. This form generally has the bedrooms upstairs and the entertainment and dining areas on the main floor!
2. Heating options: Although all forms of heating options may not be available, in all areas, the top choices are: oil, gas, electric, solar, geothermal, etc., and some combination/ hybrid systems. There are differences in costs, clean air, ease of delivery, etc. Consider what you might be most comfortable and happy with!
3. Traditional versus modern design: Some issues are based on buyers’ tastes and preferences. Would you prefer a more traditional style or a current invention? What features, etc., do you feel are priorities, etc.?
4. Number/ size of bedrooms: How many bedrooms do you need and desire/ wish – to address present, as well as foreseeable, future needs, etc.? What size do you seek, and why? Specifically, look at the Main Bedroom, and ask if it will make you happy!
5. Bathrooms: How many bathrooms do you wish for (for example, a Master Bath, etc.), and are there any significant necessities and features you seek? While you can often renovate, consider costs, conveniences, personal tastes, needs, and priorities!
6. Kitchen options: What do you seek in a kitchen? Does the space provide the ability to make any necessary changes, address your wishes, etc., provide?
Wise buyers should consider personal needs, priorities, and what they seek and prioritize what they will get, their home! Are you prepared to pay keen attention to your best interests?