Buying Your The Katy-Cinco Ranch-Richmond Area Home For The Best Price
The Katy-Cinco Ranch-Richmond Area Home
For The Best Price
Chapter 8 Part 1 When I start visiting homes, what should I look for?
The house you ultimately choose to call home will play a major role in your family’s life. A home can be an investment, of course, but more importantly, it should fit you and your family
As you look at each home pay close attention to these important considerations:
- Is there enough room for you now and in the near future?
- Is the floor plan right for you and your family?
- Is there enough storage space?
- Will you have to replace the appliances?
- Is the size of the yard what you want?
- If it is a condo, is there good security? Is the maintenance fund sound? Does it have a good view?
- Are there enough bathrooms?
- How much maintenance is foreseeable? How much redecorating will be required now…and within the next two to three years?
- Will your furniture fill the spaces like you want?
- What is the condition of the house? air conditioning? foundation? roof?
How many bedrooms do I need?
Whether you are married or not, or have kids or not, spare bedrooms come in handy when family and friends come to stay. Many times they are used for other purposes such as a home office, or TV room. We recommend that you buy a minimum of a three bedroom house. When it comes time to sell one or two bedroom houses discount when compared to three bedrooms.
Should I buy a new home or an older home?
Both new and older homes offer distinct advantages, depending upon your unique taste. New homes generally have a larger master bedroom and smaller additional bedrooms. New homes frequently have an entertainment area in addition to the den. New home kitchens may be smaller. In general new house lots are smaller, especially the back yard. Older homes have larger yards, and usually larger trees. New homes are easier to maintain. It is hard to judge the character of a developing subdivision. “What you see is what you get” in older neighborhoods. Taxes may be lower for older homes. Usually older homes are discounted because of age, but the age frequently reveals some obsolescence which devalues it from a modern viewpoint–such things as number of plug-ins and cable jacks. It comes down to what appeals most to you, and in some cases affordability.