When selecting your next home, it is important to think about what the needs are for your family and lifestyle. Are you upsizing or downsizing? Do you need home office space? Will a parent or adult child be living with you? Take a look at your current house and consider the space you have and don’t use versus the space you wish you had, as well as your budget. We never want our buyers to say, “I overpaid for this house,” or have buyer’s remorse.
Questions to Ask When Selecting Your Next Home
At Newman Realty, we work with our buyers to find the house that is right for you and your family. We take time to ask questions and learn more about you so that we search in the areas where you want to live, like Gilbert or Queen Creek. When it comes to selecting your new home, we want you to be sure about your purchase. After all, it is one of the biggest investments you will make.
- Where do you want to live? Whether it is a particular city or town, neighborhood, or simply the East Valley of the Phoenix metro area, consider the location.
- Who will be living with you? Families may need space for a parent or adult child to live with them or you may want to downsize as you ease into retirement.
- What kind of neighborhood do you desire? This is an important part of selecting your new home. You may want a growing and developing family-oriented area or perhaps you want to downsize into a retirement community. Perhaps you prefer an established neighborhood that will change a little over time.
- How much maintenance and/or home improvement do you want to make? We have clients that want to fix and flip homes, fix and stay, or purchase a home that is new construction or recently renovated. What you want makes a difference in where we search for your next home.
- Do you need office space? As you’re selecting your next home, think about if you will need an office in addition to a certain number of bedrooms. Will a loft be a good workspace, or do you need more privacy? Will you be working full-time from home? As the world changed last year, our clients discovered they needed different space for at-home school and working from home, making it a new and important consideration.
- What do you like and dislike about your current home? Older homes tend to have less storage, for example, and newer homes tend to have an open floor plan. Do you want more counter space in the kitchen? Another bathroom? Separate space for kids or teens? A pool? Maybe you love the large master bedroom and walk-in closet. Taking the time to make a list will move the home buying process along more efficiently.
- What size home do you want? Consider the space you need carefully in advance and shop for a home with the perfect fit. Downsizing and you won’t like it for long, upsizing and all you will think about is the cleaning and electric bills. Maybe it’s the same square footage but a different configuration. Maybe you’d like a three-car garage and a pool.
- How close do you want to be to stores and schools? We have clients that don’t mind driving 15-20 minutes to the store while others want schools and stores to be within a mile or two. Even if you don’t have children, school districts can make a difference in home value so it’s important to consider.
As you’re selecting your next home, take time to think about what you’d like to be different from where you’re living today and what you want in the future. It’s a big decision.