You've finally decided it's time to buy that home you've been dreaming of. You know, the one with the white picket fence, two car garage, and Jack and Jill bathroom set up for your very own little Jack & Jill. But finding your dream home takes time, effort, insight and a little more than daydreaming your lunch break away.
Here are a few things you may want to add to your dream home checklist, all related to location, location, location.
If you have school-aged children, or plan on expanding your family in the future, picking an area with top-rated schools is a must. You can usually find the school grades for the area you are looking in at the local school district office. Searching in Florida? You can find lots of information related to school grades and more here.
Most home buyers think about their commute times when considering where they will live and many people want to live as close to work as possible to save time and money. You will want to know about traffic patterns, major roadways (and upcoming road projects), tolls, and other transit options. You can find information on various transportation options in Central Florida here:
This time we're not talking about the amenities your neighborhood has to offer. We're actually talking about things you may not consider an amenity when it comes to home buying. Attend church? Workout at the local YMCA? Kids play soccer at a particular field in your town? Make sure you consider the location of your new home and the places you frequent most.
Often times, these are the three of the biggest considerations people make when searching for a new home because location really is everything. You can always change the floors in your new home, or upgrade the kitchen, but you can't change your home's location... Once you've made your dream home checklist, check out the steps to buying a home; it's a pretty helpful resource, too!