Buying a new home is something you want to make as simple on you and your entire family as possible. This home buying guide can help you out along the way:
Be realistic when it comes to what you want and can afford: You may want a newer house with a lot of square footage, but in order to accomplish this you will need to be able to afford this. Consider how much money you have to purchase a home and take a look at some homes in the same area, so you get an idea of what you can really afford. You may find that you need to lower your standards. If this is the case, then you'll want to come to a conclusion on which areas you are flexible on when it comes to giving up some of the things you wanted.
You want to be clear on what you want with the realtor: If you tell your realtor that you definitely want a four bedroom, then you can't get upset when they don't show you the fantastic five bedroom for the same price, or the three bedroom with an office that could double as a fourth bedroom. It's up to you to make sure you let them know exactly how flexible you are and what you are really looking for. If there is anything you already know is non-negotiable then put it out there so you don't waste time. For example, if you can't do a house with an upstairs, let the realtor know.
Don't forget to house shop for your animals also: If you have a house and yard full of animals, then this is something else that you are going to need to keep in mind when looking for the right home. Also, along with making sure the animals you currently have are going to be catered to, you want to make sure you shop for pets you want to get in the future. For example, if you have always wanted a horse, make sure you get a property where you can have horses. Not only will you need to make sure the property has plenty of room for the animals, but it's also very important that you check the zoning for the property to ensure you can legally have them.
Verify the house will continue working for your family: You want a house that's going to last for years and years to come, unless you are only buying it to flip. It should expand with your growing family, still be able to be easily maintained as family members move out and even be a good future retirement home if you wish to live in one home for this amount of time.