Searching for your dream home -
Before you start searching for your dream home; think about your needs both for now and in future. Regardless of the type of home you decide to buy, answer to your any question is just a phone call or e-mail away!
Following are some things to consider when you’re make decision about which type of home to buy:
- Location: Do you want to live in a city, town or in the countryside? How long will your work commute be? Where will your children attend school and how will they get there? Are you close to amenities?
- Size requirements: Do you need several bedrooms, more than one bathroom, space for a home office, a two-car garage?
- Special features: Do you want air conditioning, storage or hobby space, a fireplace, a swimming pool? Do you have family members with special needs? Do you want special features to save energy, enhance indoor air quality and reduce environmental impact?
- Lifestyles and stages: Do you plan to have children? Do you have teenagers who will be moving away soon? Are you close to retirement? Will you need a home that can accommodate different stages of life?
Resale versus New Homes:
Some things to consider with a resale home include: easy access to services, since it’s likely established in a neighborhood with schools, shopping malls and other services; may have extras like fireplaces, a finished basement or swimming pool; and you may need to re-decorate, renovate or do major repairs such as replacing the roof, windows and doors. When thinking about your ideal home, the first thing you should consider is whether you want a previously-owned home (often called a resale) or a new home.
Some things to consider with a new home include: up-to-date designs that take into account the latest trends, materials and features; you may be able to upgrade or choose certain items such as siding, flooring, cabinets, plumbing and electrical fixtures; schools, shopping malls and other services may not be complete for years; and you may have to pay extra if you want to add a fireplace, plant trees and sod or pave your driveway. Make sure you know exactly what’s included in the price of your home.
Deciding Which Type of Home to Buy:
There are many types of homes to choose from and each has its advantages and disadvantages. Think about your needs before making a decision, and don’t forget to look beyond the interior walls. The environment surrounding your home can be as important as the environment within.
Following are some different types of homes from which to choose:
- Detached House
- Townhouse or Row House
- Link Home