Updated: Jun 22, 2020
There are a plethora of homes on the multiple listing service (MLS) to search through so it is important to first establish your top priorities to help narrow down your home search. From there touring homes can help ensure that your are on the way to finding your perfect home.
How To Narrow Down Your Home Search
Establish a budget
It is important to first get preapproved to start your house search as there is no reason to view homes that are over your budget. If you can't qualify for a home it is only a waste of time for everybody involved and could lead to any cheaper homes seeming like they aren't enough.
Location, Location, Location
It is extreamly important to identify a location area that you would like to live. This can sometimes be established by your drive to work, neighborhoods in your price range, or if you enjoy the vibrant downtown or a more relaxed suburban neighborhood.
Beds and baths
It is important to know the minimum number of bedrooms and bathrooms that you need. Do you want a guest bedroom? Should the master bathroom be connected to the bedroom? It is important to establish this as a home too large could lead to additional utility bills, cleaning and larger mortgage.
If you have children it is will be important to find a home in a good school district. Nothing can be more important than investing in your children's future.
With the hail that can appear in Colorado, it can be important to have a garage. Note if this is a must have or a want and how many spaces there should be. Garages can always be built afterwords for only around $20,000 so it can always be made later if everything else about the home is perfect.
What To Look For When Viewing A Home
The viewing process is an important step forward to finding your perfect home. It is important to find something that you like and as a first time home buyer it's important not to overlook certain things.
It is important to have a good floor plan as this is something that you likely will not be able to renovate in the future. Check to ensure that your bedroom is separated from the busy living room. It is also important to imagine it fully occupied so if you like to have guests over or have a few children, imagine everyone piled into the kitchen to ensure it fits what you need.
Ignore the bad paint job
It is easy to look at that hideous paint job or aging appliances in the kitchen. These are things that are easy to upgrade. It is important to focus on the foundation and studs of the building as no home will be perfect upon move in and that is the fun of designing your very own space!
walk the neighborhood
It is important to walk the neighborhood and even talk to some of the neighbors nearby. The neighbors will usually give you some great advise on the pros and cons of the area. It is also important to visit at all times of the day as it might seem casual in the afternoon but become a bustling noisy street during rush hour.
Check for nearby water
As global warming increases chaotic weather, it is important to make note of any nearby ponds or rivers. These can flood causing major issues or high insurance prices in the future. Remember that your normal home insurance does not cover floods and you will need to purchase flood insurance separately.
Explore the bathrooms
Bathrooms issues can easy cause issues. It is important to explore the bathrooms and if the water is on, flush the toilet, turn on the faucets and look carefully