Here are some tips to help determine which house is best for you.
Once you've settled on a couple of preferred neighborhoods for your home search, it's time to pick out a few homes to view. Having a house features “wish list” keeps you focused on which features are most important to you.
When narrowing down your home search, consider the following:
There are several types of houses: single-family homes, multiple-family homes, Detached house, Semi-Detached House, Attached or Row House or a Townhouse.
Single-family homes: This is a house that can be any type but that only houses one family.
Multiple-family homes: Some buyers, particularly first-timers, start with multiple-family dwellings, so they'll have rental income to help with their costs. Many mortgage plans can be used for buildings with up to four units, if the buyer intends to occupy one of them.
Detached House: This type of home is often the most preferred but is also the most expensive. A detached house offers the advantage of not being attached to another home. It keeps you totally in control of your home.
Semi-Detached House: This type of house is more common and there is usually more available. One things to consider when looking at a semi-detached home is the construction of the house. If the house is only Brick front that will mean that the dividing wall will more than likely not be Brick. Most houses that are brick all the way around would more than likely have a brick wall separating the two houses. This is always a good question to ask your home inspector.
Attached or Row House: This type of house is shares both sides of the house with another house. There are some definite things to keep in mind when looking at these types of houses. The biggest is that you will have to cart your gardening equipment through the house along with the weekly garbage pick up. Most people don't think of this when they are getting excited about their new potential home.
Townhouses: Townhouses are often either Semi-detached or Row house.
Decide What Age and Condition of Home You Want to Purchase
Weigh your needs, budget and personal tastes in deciding whether you want to buy a newly constructed home, an older home or a "fixer-upper" that requires some work.
As you look at homes, you may want to keep in mind these resale considerations.
Make a wish list to clarify which features are most and least important to you when looking for a home. Using this wish list will keep your house hunt focused and effective.
While house hunting, it's a good idea to make notes about what you see because viewing several houses at a time can be confusing. Use a home comparison chart to help you keep track of your search, organize your thoughts and record your impressions.
Before you begin the home buying process, resolve to act promptly when you do find the right house. Every REALTOR® has stories to tell about a couple who looked far and wide for their dream home, finally found it, and then said, "We always promised my Dad we'd sleep on it, so we'll make an offer tomorrow." Many times the story had a sad ending - someone else came in that evening with an offer that was accepted.
Resolve that you will act decisively when you find the house that’s clearly right for you. This is particularly important after a long search or if the house is newly listed and/or underpriced.