A new year tends to mean a new start. You might be thinking about moving to a different area or buying a new home in 2017. If that’s the case, you need to make sure that you find the perfect house. What does this mean? Well, it should tick off all the boxes that you need it to. For instance, it should fit all your requirements from style, practicality, location and of course price. Let’s look at how you should go about finding your new home, and the key features that you should be looking for.
Right, Time To Buy?
Before you even think about purchasing a new home, you need to check whether it’s the right time to buy. The best way to do this is to investigate the housing market and the current prices of homes. House prices tend to be lower during the winter months because not many houses are up for sale. However, this will also mean that your choices at this time of year are substantially limited. If you want a wider selection of homes to choose from, you would probably be best waiting until the summer. Houses start going up for sale in the late spring and summer is when the housing market peaks.
You need to make sure that you have enough money to buy your new home too. Don’t forget, you can purchase a new home with roughly five percent of the asking price ready upfront. Though, to get the best mortgage deals, you may want to think about raising as much as twenty-five percent. This will open up more deals on the market for you.
Choosing A Style
There are various different styles of homes for you to choose from. For instance, you can purchase a modern house that has been built recently with a contemporary style. Or, you can opt for a more classical, property that has been standing for years. You may also want to think about the materials that have been used for building the home. You can get wooden log homes that look fantastic. Be aware, though, these need special types of maintenance and extra case as well as attention once you have made the purchase.
A Home With Potential
It’s possible to buy a home at a low price with a lot of potential and then work to make it a dream come true. For instance, you can buy a ranch. Ranches may look like basic properties, but they are solid builds on sturdy foundations. As such they could be a perfect choice for a new home and can be bought at low prices. If you then want to make something more out of your ranch, you can look at a ranch house remodel. By doing this, you can create your dream property out of a basic build.
The Right Location
Finally, you do need to think about where you buy your home. It may look like the perfect property, but is it a place where you want to raise your kids? Be sure to look around the neighborhood, check out crime stats and look at schools in the local area. Remember, buying a home isn’t just about where you hang your hat and coat. It’s a whole new lifestyle.
Planning the move
Let’s face it, the process of moving is stressful for everybody involved.
What takes some of the edge of is the prospect of getting to your new place. The adrenaline can easily affect your judgment about the things you need to do to make it all as seamless as possible.
Here are a few tips to help you plan it right:
When you think you’re prepared, prepare some more
- Make a concise checklist of the things you need to do and get to pack efficiently. This checklist should include noting how much packing supplies you’ll need (like boxes and labels) and then adding about 20 % to what you think you’ll need.
- You’ll get by with a little help of your friends – when Beatles wrote the song, they didn’t have in mind asking your friends to carry that heavy walnut armoire three stories down to the moving truck. The better option, if you can afford it, is hired help. You can still look at them as your friends, only you’ll be paying them and you get to tell them thing like, “Careful with that mirror.”
- Plan your sleeping arrangements – the last thing you want is to sort and pack all the stuff from your old place only to realize you don’t know where you’ll sleep the night before the big day.
A smart solution and one of the first things you need to do is get a portable bed. The most practical among them are air mattresses, they’re light, inexpensive and easy to set up and down and their use doesn’t end with the move. The best of the blow up beds will be handy for welcoming guests in the years to come.