Wednesday, September 25, 2013

How to actually LIKE your first home!

When it comes to buying a home, many families have a difficult time finding their dream home. There isn't a shortage of homes in the Grand Junction Real Estate market. It's buyer being too meticulous in their wants instead of sticking to their needs. Once buyers realize there is no such thing as a perfect home, meaning having 100-percent everything a family can want, then their home selection process will be much smoother.

First time homeowners spend thousands of dollars over their budget sometimes because they want the perfect home. This is not necessary. Eventually, once you settle in, there are bound to be things you want to change. So it's important to distinguish what you would like to have in a new home versus what you need to have in a new home.

Location Matters

First, you should have a budget in mind. This may be key in determining the area of Grand Junction you will live in. You want to make sure you feel safe in this area. Think about your family's transportation needs. Do you need access to public transportation or quickly access the highway? Is there particular schools you want your children in and how close do you want to live to the school? Living close to the mall is not a need unless you work there and must take public transportation.

Family Needs

You must consider your family needs. Do you have a large family and is privacy important? If so, make sure you have enough bedrooms. Are you willing to compromise on bedroom space? If so, you can possibly find a beautiful home with a recreation room and smaller bedrooms will be fine. Also, consider anyone that works from home. Make sure there is an area that can be converted to an office space.

Do you have large dogs? Having a home with a nice size backyard may be necessary for your pet. Ask yourself questions such as do you need a gourmet kitchen because that's where your family spends most of their time or you entertain guests. If you order takeout generally then you may only desire a large gourmet kitchen.

Maintenance and Upkeep

Another final thought about a home is its size. Think about the maintenance and upkeep. You may want a large yard with a lot of shrubbery. However, are you able to manage that yourself or hire someone to upkeep it? Think about the costs to upkeep a swimming pool. Consider your utility bills for heating and cooling a large space. Think of the entire monthly budget you have and if these additions will interrupt your quality of life.

Consider these tips and more of the First Time Home Buyer Guy. You can eliminate stress and find the home of your dreams that you will actually like rather than regret. Other wants include carpet, hardwood flooring, and a fireplace. You may need a newer furnace or spacing for a home gym rather than membership costs. There will be plenty of time to make upgrades to your home and venture into new ideas later.