What do you want in a home?
Each of us is different, so it is important to formulate a list of the features and benefits you want in a home. It often pays to attend several open houses where sellers open up their homes to potential buyers. Many listings on the internet now include multiple photos or a virtual tour to provide a more detailed pre-view of the home to potential buyers. You can see a variety of options to help you develop a list of your requirements.
These issues should also be considered as you narrow your search:
- Quality and availability of schools;
- Property tax rates, income tax rates and other community expenses as compared with similar homes in other neighborhoods;
- Utility expenses, trash collection and sewage disposal. Past utility expenses are available from the utility company;
- Availability of public services such as police and fire protection;
- Local zoning ordinances and condition of other properties in the neighborhood;
- Proximity to work, access to public transportation and/or options for alternate routes.