What is the single most important rule in looking for a home?
While many important details must be considered in choosing your first home - style, size, price, location - one thing is certain: if you will be moving again in a few years, be sure you buy with selling in mind. Chances are, the items that make your new home a comfortable fit for you will also attract buyers later on.
Some special considerations for the first-time homeowner who has resale in mind:
- Watch for growth potential
Look for an established neighborhood that will be enhanced by future growth but not inconvenienced by it.
- Look out for resale value
Seek a prime neighborhood where homes sell well in any market.
- Check out location
Consider availability of all aspects of transportation; even those you may not use.
- Research Area Schools
Check for quality public schools, whether or not you have school-age children.
- Go for the green
Look carefully at the lot for trees and greenery to buffer winter winds or summer heat.
- Make room for visitors
See if ample guest parking is available for you and your neighbors.
- Ponder privacy issues
Consider how much privacy the home and lot provide.
- Drive the commute before you buy
Check morning and afternoon drive time to work, schools, shopping, churches.