When you’re looking for a new home, it’s easy to become enamored by paint colors and new flooring.  While there’s a house out there (somewhere)
with your name on it, keep in mind that sometimes it takes a while to find the “perfect” home.  So how can you make sure you’re making the right

  •   Remember the inspection.  Even though it looks like that house is “the” one, it may be hiding secrets that could turn up during inspection.
    Make sure any purchase contract allows you the right to refusal if the inspector finds something you don’t like
  •   Cheap isn’t always cheaper.  From foreclosures to fixer uppers, make sure you have real-world knowledge of what it might take to bring it up to
    your standards.
  •   Lifestyle choices.  Not every house will be in that “perfect” area that allows you and your family the lifestyle that you lead (or want to lead).  While that’s not necessarily a deal-breaker, ensure that you are all comfortable with what living in that neighborhood would entail.  From schools to shopping to hiking, know where those deal-breakers lie – and stick to them.
  • Consider the hidden costs.  Upkeep, property taxes, HOA fees, water, trash, etc.  Know what the “real” cost of that house will be before you hit a point of no return.

In your travels, you’ll see places that will tug at your heartstrings – they’ll say “pick me.”  Follow these tips and you’ll have a better understanding of which homes are keepers, and which ones to pass on.