Relocating isn't something anyone wants to do any more than they absolutely necessary. The best way to ensure you don't find yourself packing up your life and moving into a new home just a short time after your first home purchase is to follow these simple steps our team of REALTORS® has created for you.
Consider Your Long-Term Needs
Granted, life has a way of throwing unexpected curve balls in our direction, but you can improve the odds of buying a house you'll love long term by sitting down and making a list of what you and your families future plans.
Questions that should be discussed include:
Based on this information you can formulate a fairly solid plan about the size and location of your prospective long-term home.
What's Your Long Term Financial Plan and What Future Projects Does the Community Have Planned
When buying a house, you can't afford to not think about your long-term finances. Not only should you have an idea about how much you anticipate spending on house payments each month for the next thirty years, you should also check and see if the community has any short or long term plans that would impact your ability to make ends meet. Things like building new schools, hospitals, and roads increase your property taxes and often catch homeowners unprepared.
Spend a great deal of time exploring the cost of living in the area and determine how that will impact your financial situation. You'll find that your dollar goes farther in Canton, Michigan than it does in nearby Bloomfield Hills.
Make Sure Your Pets are Welcome
If you already have pets or you intend to get one in the future, make sure they're welcome in your new neighborhood before you make an offer on a house. This is especially true if you're a dog person. There are some sections of Eastern Michigan that have laws banning certain dog breeds. If you're moving into a suburban housing community, you'll want to check their housing rules as well as the local ordinances.
In addition to the types of pets residents are allowed to have, many communities have rules about the number of pets allowed in each household.
Spend Some Time Hanging Out in the Neighborhood Before Buying a House
Don't become so fixated on a house that you forget to explore the neighborhood. In addition to making sure it has the amenities you require, you also want to ensure that you're comfortable with the general attitude of the people who already live there. Remember, it's hard to love your home if you and your neighbors are engaged in an uncomfortable dispute. Falling in love with the neighborhood eliminates the odds of you developing homeowner's remorse after you move in.
Love the Canton, Michigan? We have Canton homes for sale waiting for you. Contact us at Remerica Hometown III. Our real estate agents live and work in the community and have the first-hand knowledge it takes to make buying a home easier.