Looking for a new home can be exciting. You’ve done the work and saved for downpayment funds or your mortgage deposit. You’re ready to start house hunting and, chances are, you have an idea of what you’re looking for. But how can you minimize the chances of buyer’s remorse?

Here are a few factors that will have a huge impact on whether a home will be ideal for you or not. Make sure to have solid answers on what you want from these aspects of a property and you’ll make your house hunt a whole lot easier!


location

The first thing you need to take into consideration is location. Where your home is located can have a major impact on your happiness and your commute. To better determine which locations best fit your lifestyle, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you want to live in a particular city?
  • Would you prefer to stay close to your family, friends, or other loved ones?
  • Do you need to consider things like whether there are good schools nearby?
  • Would you like to be near public transportation?
  • Do you need to be near particular amenities such as medical facilities?
  • Would you prefer to be in the city, the suburbs, or a more rural area?

Answering these questions will help you to narrow down locations that best fit your needs.

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how much are you willing to do

Are you interested in new constructions, move-in ready homes – like Bellriver Homes – or are you willing to buy a fixer-upper that may need a little TLC? If you watch enough HGTV projects may seem fun and interesting, but without experience and knowledge, renovations can quickly add up. Thoroughly assess your ability, understanding, budget, and the extent of the potential repairs, before you make a final decision.

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it’s not always the square footage

Size is important but floorplan is even more important. 2000 square feet can look and feel completely different in various layouts. Know how many bedrooms you need and specific spaces that are must-haves. For example, if you work from home, a home office may be non-negotiable. It’s important that you think through rooms that you truly need and those that would be nice to have… before you start looking.