Save Precious Moving Dollars

Save Precious Moving Dollars



Save Precious Moving Dollars
Shopping when you're hungry can lead to​ disaster .​
Either you​ spend too much, fail to​ get the food you​ came for​ - or​ both .​
Though you​ went to​ the store for​ a​ week's worth of​ meals and​ with the best intentions, you'll arrive home with a​ bag of​ oatmeal, a​ trunk full of​ gelato and​ the ingredients for​ an​ exotic french feast you've been wanting to​ make ever since you​ saw that film...unless you​ make a​ list .​
a​ list will save you​ .​
Shopping for​ a​ house is​ no different .​
Though you​ may have been dreaming of​ your​ new home for​ years before you​ start looking, it's a​ good idea to​ get your​ thoughts down on​ paper .​
Think of​ it​ as​ drawing up a​ contract with yourself .​
Because when you're feeling pressured by market conditions, your​ spouse, price fluctuations or​ once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, you​ can lose your​ head and​ jump on​ the first thing you​ want .​
of​ course, drawing up a​ truly useful list when it​ comes to​ buying a​ home is​ far more complex than making a​ grocery list .​
So to​ get you​ headed in​ the right direction, here are several things to​ consider when you​ start putting pen to​ paper:
Location, Location, Location: this​ one is​ the big one .​
Where you​ live affects where your​ children go to​ school, where you​ work (or don't), the length of​ your​ commute, whether or​ not you​ can walk to​ the store when you​ need a​ loaf of​ bread and​ whether or​ not that bread is​ fresh-baked .​
The location​ of​ your​ home will also have the biggest impact on​ what it's worth in​ years to​ come .​
So get ready to​ take a​ good hard look at​ where you're willing to​ live (or not) because it​ will have the single biggest impact on​ your​ day-to-day life .​
House Size: Yes, size matters .​
What's the biggest house you'd want to​ maintain? The bigger your​ space, the more care it​ demands and​ the more costly it​ is​ to​ heat and​ maintain​ .​
on​ the other hand, what's the smallest house you​ could live in​ comfortably with your​ family? Though you​ may only need a​ single bedroom for​ sleeping, are you​ both homebodies that will be tripping over each other in​ a​ tiny house? What about an​ office?
Lot Size: of​ course cramped quarters can always be expanded if​ your​ lot is​ big enough so you​ should also consider how much land​ you​ need .​
Would a​ semi-detatched home suit you? What about a​ garden? Are you​ a​ farmer at​ heart that needs to​ grow their own beans or​ are you​ over it​ and​ looking for​ someone else to​ mow the lawn? Find out what your​ parameters are on​ either end of​ the scale for​ both house and​ lot size .​
Mull this​ over carefully and​ never budge!
Architecture: Face the facts - you​ can't turn a​ Victorian mansion​ into a​ cool mid-century rancher and​ you​ can make a​ log cabin​ into a​ cute French provincial .​
The architecture of​ a​ building is​ what it​ is​ and​ if​ it's not what you're looking for, it​ won't really work out between you​ two .​
There's nothing worse than 1970 split-level home with fake scrollwork and​ a​ gabled addition​ .​
Ick .​
So include architecture in​ your​ list as​ well .​
Privacy: Are you​ the kind of​ person​ who likes to​ leave all your​ curtains open? Do you​ avoid your​ neighbours or​ do you​ rush outside when they're in​ the yard? Do you​ like to​ practice your​ drumming at​ midnight? How much privacy and​ seclusion​ you​ need or​ don't need is​ important to​ your​ day to​ day life .​
Even houses in​ the city can have private yards and​ cleverly laid out lots, so if​ privacy is​ important to​ you​ - put it​ on​ the list .​
Needs and​ Wants: It's important to​ prioritize these when you're looking for​ a​ home because as​ you​ shop for​ a​ home you'll be presented with whole worlds of​ possibilities .​
Do you​ need a​ bathroom for​ your​ teenagers? a​ garage? a​ fence? Do you​ want a​ workshop? a​ fireplace? a​ sauna? Hardwood floors? Write them all down and​ then put them in​ order, most important to​ least important, to​ help keep things in​ perspective while you​ look .​
Making the list doesn't have to​ be hard, but it​ will take at​ least an​ hour or​ two .​
Every minute you​ spend will be worth it​ though .​
Once you're done, you'll be better prepared to​ sort through the myriad of​ housing choices available to​ you​ .​
You'll also be able to​ clearly tell your​ REALTOR exactly what you're looking for​ so they can help you​ find it!




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