Questions to Ask Yourself When Looking at Potential Homes

So you’ve decided to buy a home. Congratulations! As you look at potential homes, ask yourself these questions to help ensure that you choose the home that’s right for you and your family.

THE HOME: INTERIOR

Does it have enough bedrooms to accommodate everyone in the family?

Does it have enough bathrooms?

Are the rooms and storage areas large enough to accommodate my belongings?

Does the floorplan flow well for my family and lifestyle?

What features is this home missing, that I was hoping to have? On a scale of 0-5, how big of a deal is this?

What renovation would need to be completed inside the home? (consider this in terms of time, cost, and inconvenience)

THE HOME: EXTERIOR

Does the home’s exterior appeal to me?

Is the yard big enough? Or is it too big for me to maintain?

Is the home located close to a busy road? If yes, does this bother me?

What renovation would need to be completed outside of the home? (consider this in terms of time, cost, and inconvenience)

THE LOCATION AND NEIGHBORHOOD

What are the school systems like in this neighborhood?

Is this a quiet or noisy neighborhood?

How long will my commute be from this home to work?

How close are the closest amenities and attractions? (parks, shops, restaurants, etc.)

How close is this house to my friends and family?

What are the HOA fees?

What are the HOA regulations and can I abide by them?

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Does this home fit my budget? (don’t forget about all the costs of owning a home)

Will this home be difficult to resell? Consider the home's resale value.

 

For more help choosing the right home, read our blog on avoiding home buyer’s remorse.

What things do you wish you had considered before purchasing your current home?