When people are looking at Austin homes for sale, there are many different features to choose from. Trying to find the ideal home can be difficult. At York Real Estate, we are here to help. One way to narrow down your search is to think about what features are must-haves, what are nice-to-haves and what home features you wish to avoid.
Take a few days to think about what works and what doesn’t in your present residence. Pay attention as you drive around or visit friends, family and neighbors, then make a list of what your future home absolutely must have to make you happy. Any home without these items will not be considered, so choose carefully. Next, make a list of features you would like to see in your future home. These things are preferred, but a home without them would still be considered. Lastly, compose a list of features that would prevent you from looking at a home. This will greatly reduce the amount of time and effort that you and your Austin real estate agent spend looking through the listings.
Consider some of the following features to create your list:
This will impact commuting to work, spending time with friends and family, which schools your children might attend and geographical preferences. Look at proximity to hospitals, grocery stores, shopping malls and any places you would frequent regularly. If you prefer the suburbs or country to city living, put it somewhere on your list.
How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you have to have to live comfortably? Do you need extra rooms for recreation and entertainment, a work-at-home office or storage? You may have plans for an older family member to come and live with you at some point, or there may be children in the future. Decide whether you would want buy home that needs remodeling or an addition if everything else is just right.
Homes are made of many different building materials. Are you beholden to brick or smitten with siding? How important is a porch, deck or chimney? Are stairs a problem for anyone in the household? Look at mobility issues, such as wheelchair accessibility, or dangers for toddlers that are learning to walk.
The yard is often a focal point for entertaining, children playing, gardening and enjoying hobbies. Is it big enough? Do you need a fence or could one be constructed after you move in? Is there enough garage, driveway or parking space to accommodate all of the vehicles you own? Are you capable of mowing a lawn or maintaining the trees and bushes in a yard? If not, you may need to hire someone to do it for you. A pool in the back yard is a must-have for some, and an avoidance for others.
Only look at what you can afford. If you cannot make the payments, financial issues can snowball into bigger problems. Consider not only the mortgage, but insurance, maintenance and basic monthly expenses associated with owning a home.
While these are just a few basic ideas, it should help you narrow down what type of home you are seeking. It will improve the Austin home search process and increase your chances of finding the home that is right for you and your family.