There are many great homes and neighborhoods in the Wellesley real estate market and homebuyers have so many options when they choose to move here. So how do you find the perfect home? How do you narrow down your options to find the one that is best for your family?
List Your Needs and Wants
As you begin house hunting, it's easy to get distracted by all the options and forget exactly what you are looking for in a home. Keeping in mind the reason you are moving, make a list of the things you need in your new home. Things like more space, a better location or a bigger yard are common reasons for moving.
Then, make a list of needs, or the things you want in your new house but that you are willing to forgo if a house meets other requirements. This list could include things like an extra bedroom or specific features. When you look at houses, consider how each one measures up to your lists.
Think Long Term
Even if you aren't sure how long you plan on living in your new home, think long term. Think about buying your home as an investment, and try to envision yourself living in the home for years to come. With this mindset you can make better decisions about which home is best for you. For example, you may want a home your family can grow into, or you may want to find a home that has room for a garden.
Another way to think long term is to ask yourself if you will be happy in a home for several years. Don't decide put an offer on a home on a whim, but instead, consider if it is what you really want and if you can see yourself living there for years to come. This approach can also help you save money down the road, since moving multiple times can be expensive.
Use a Comparison Table
Organizing the homes you have looked at and taking notes about what each has to offer is an important step in choosing the right home. One great way to do this is to create a comparison table. On a sheet of paper, make a column for each characteristic (number of rooms, square footage, extra features, etc.) and then fill the table in row by row as you look at homes. Then, you can easily see at a glance which homes have the things listed on your needs and wants lists. This method can also help you quickly eliminate homes that are not a good fit for your family.
The way you compare homes is up to you, and your real estate agent can help, but the idea is to compile all the information you are gathering about each home in one place so you can easily compare all your options and make the best decision.
Finding the right home for your family is important and these three steps can help make the undertaking a little easier. An experienced real estate agent can help you find homes that might interest you and then arrange for you to see them. When you work with an agent you will have someone there to help you through the process, negotiate an offer and help with the closing paperwork. To find a Wellesley home for sale, contact Christine Norcross at 781-929-4994 or connect with her on Facebook.