When you are looking for a single-family home for you and your family, you want to make sure you find the one that is going to end up working out the best for your situation. This means finding the home that you can see your family loving to live in, the home that fits your budget, the home that is in an area you are going to be happy with, the home with a commute that works for you, and even the home that's in a school district that ensures your kids will get the education you want for them. Here are some of the other things you want to consider when you are looking at single-family homes for sale:
Do you want specific features? If you want specific features in the homes you get shown, make this clear to your agent if these features are deal breakers. This way, they don't keep showing you homes that aren't even going to have a chance with you. A few examples of these types of features may be an upstairs/downstairs design, a full basement, a swimming pool, acreage, a waterfront property, a specific type of neighborhood, certain amenities within a certain distance from the home, etc. Keep in mind, it's a good idea to try to be as open as you can so you can find a home that is a good fit faster, but definitely make it known if you must have any of these things.
Do you want a specific area? If you are stuck on moving into a specific neighborhood or if you want a specific type of neighborhood, let the realtor know exactly what you need to be happy. Maybe you want to be on the northeast part of the city, you want to live in the hills, you want to live in a golf course community, or you just want to be within an hour's drive to the airport. Let the agent know these things. However, the more you can lighten up on these things, the faster you may find your dream home.
Do you know how to see past what's in front of you? When you go out looking at single-family homes on the market, it's very important that you can see past the stuff that's right in front of you. Don't let things like weeds in the yard, a few missing shingles, an ugly color of paint or carpet, and a few missing tiles in the kitchen turn you off. Also, don't pay any attention to the furniture and décor in the house; it will all be gone and your own will be in its place.