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Tips for First Time Home Buyers

Housing is a primary need for everyone, and there's always a choice available for the individual when he or she decides to go in for a personal residence - to own it or to rent it. Whether you plan to buy your personal abode, or decide to rent your temporary dwellings, you have to work out the preliminaries associated with your housing needs. Many "How to..." guides, home/interior designing magazines and periodicals, and several websites provide a lot of information in terms of what you should do, or what you ought to be doing to keep and maintain an "ideal" home, but it's rare you actually end up reading something that can actually help you and get you started with your objectives.

This article tries to identify your special housing requirements in the form of queries, and by answering them, you'll end up creating a list of your wants and desires which can go a long way in helping you choose your ideal home.

Size of the home

  • How many individuals are likely to reside in your home?
  • How many rooms do you actually need?
  • Do you require separate bathrooms or joint ones?
  • Do you need a separate space for your personal "home office"?
  • How much parking space do you need for your cars?

Amenities in your home

  • Do you need air conditioning facilities? If so, in which rooms?
  • Do you require a special space for storage purposes?
  • Does a fireplace feature in your requirement list?
  • Do you prefer having a direct access to a swimming pool?
  • Do aged family members or children in the family have special housing needs?
  • Do you plan to go in for energy saving features and facilities, improve the indoor air circulation and quality, or reduce the environmental effects?

Home location

  • Do you prefer living in a town, city, or the countryside?
  • How important is the accessibility aspects of your home?
  • In case you have kids staying with you, how difficult is it going to be for them to reach schools?
  • Do you need recreation facilities within walking distances?
  • How close do you plan to be with your family?

Neighborhood

  • What kind of neighborhood do you prefer to have?
  • Is your neighborhood safe?
  • Does your neighborhood have adequate street lighting, proper sidewalks, and other public safety features and facilities?
  • What kind of traffic is your neighborhood subjected to?
  • Is the neighborhood safe for children and the elderly to walk or move around in?
  • What kind of local municipal rules and regulations does your neighborhood need to follow or uphold?

Maintaining your home

  • How expensive is it going to be to maintain your home?
  • Do you need to carry out any immediate repairs? If so, what are they likely to cost you?
  • What is the condition of plumbing and electrical systems in the house? Are they safe?
  • Do you need to maintain a garden or a backyard? If so, will you need a special gardener to carry out the maintenance work?

It's imperative you work out your requirements and wants well in advance before you decide to rent or buy your place. By keeping your personal home requirements checklist in front of you while deciding your home, you're most likely to end up with a nice, comfortable, and affordable home that caters to your special needs, and helps you save money over the years. It's a good way to work out your own special "ideal" home!