How to Choose a New Home

An all white living room with a vaulted ceiling and recessed lightingThere is no greater joy than finding the perfect home after a long real estate search. Sometimes, a house will feel like home from the moment you step through the door. Other times, you will need to do some serious thinking before you make a decision. 

Is the lot size big enough? Are there enough bedrooms? Is it in the right school district? All of these questions and more will go through your head, and that’s ok. At The Davis Real Estate Group, our goal is to simplify the home buying process and give you the confidence to make an offer on a home you truly love. 

Buying a home is a major commitment, so you want to make sure you know how to choose a new home that’s right for you. When you work with one of our skilled real estate agents, we know the questions you need to ask yourself before you submit an offer.

Here are some tips to consider that will help you decide whether a house is the right fit for you. 

Things to Consider When Buying a New Home

There are many things you need to consider when it comes to buying a new home. There are both practical and emotional factors that you need to consider before you make any final decisions. While a seller’s market may make you feel as though you need to rush through a decision, you should never commit to buying a home if you don’t feel confident in your decision. 

The best way to ensure you’re looking at homes that truly meet your needs is to work with a qualified real estate agent who knows the area and the local market. Partnering with a realtor will save you a lot of time and frustration during the course of your home buying journey, especially when you are upfront about your home must-haves and hard nos. 

How to Choose a New Home that’s Right for You

Are you ready to buy your dream home? Your real estate agent will be your number one resource to help guide you through your must-have list, but you can use this info to help as you search online listings and attend open houses.

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  • Location: When looking at things to consider when buying a new home, location is one of the most important. While you can change many aspects of your home’s look or interior, the neighborhood is something you cannot change. 
  • Home style and layout: Woud you prefer a single-level home or a multi-level home? Does the layout work for your needs? You may find many newer homes have an open floorplan, which may or may not be something you’re interested in. If you like to cook, you may be more particular about the kitchen layout. 
  • Size and storage: When choosing a new home, make sure it can accommodate your current needs and your future needs in terms of space. Does it have enough bedrooms and bathrooms?  If you plan on expanding your family, you will need more space. If you want to move your oversized furniture with you, make sure the rooms can accommodate them, too. 
  • Affordability: One of the most important factors in buying a home is affordability. Is the home within your budget? This is why we recommend getting a mortgage pre-approval before you start your home search. We would hate for you to fall in love with a home only to find out you cannot afford the mortgage. 
  • Your emotions: Besides the practical factors, you need to consider how you feel about the home. Can you picture yourself living there? Do all other homes fall short compared to this one? Is your intuition gibing you a little push? Then it may be the right home for you. 

These are just some of the many things to consider when buying a new home. While you can determine some things from pictures and virtual tours online, a home walkthrough is the best way to determine whether a home is a good fit for you and your family. If you find a home that might meet your needs, talk to your realtor and attend an open house or schedule a private showing.

A home walkthrough will give you additional insight on the home and neighborhood that may not be included in the listing. In addition to the tips already mentioned, you also want to keep an out out for potential issues such as roof problems, faulty gutters, basement dampness, low water pressure, and foundation flaws. A home inspection will inform you of any serious issues with the home, but it’s a good thing to keep an eye out for potential problems yourself, too. A home that needs a lot of repairs and renovations can quickly fall out of budget.

Choose a New Home Confidently with The Davis Real Estate Group 

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If you are looking to buy a new home in the North Dallas, Texas, area, we can help! We have the real estate expertise and unsurpassed knowledge of the best neighborhoods in the DFW area. No matter what’s on your wishlist, we can help you find the perfect home for your needs. 

You can view all active listings on our website and contact us with any questions you have or to schedule a showing.