Finding the Right Home for You
Written by Cranbrook on March 4, 2014
Purchasing a home is one of the most daunting tasks people encounter in their lives and for good reason. The hope is that this is the place where you will spend a large portion of the rest of your life – maybe even your whole life – and hopefully with the people you love most. We understand that a decision like this is not made lightly. So, how do you know which home is right for you?
Fits Just Right
The size of your family (or predicted size of your family) will be a major factor in deciding how big of a home you are in the market for. Are you looking for a home for you and your spouse? Do you have kids? Are you a single parent? Do you plan on having your first kid (or 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc.) while living in this home? These are all questions you should ask yourself before choosing a home, in addition to things like if you want a front/backyard, how many bathrooms you think will be appropriate and if you have plans for expansion.
Finding a home that is within a distance that you find reasonable to where you work, go to school or send your kids to school is another major determining factor in what neighborhoods and cities you’ll want to be looking at. Of course, school district limitations will also contribute to your decision. If you have children, are they going to be attending a public school district or a charter school? How far are you willing to commute to work? Maybe you’re taking classes at a college or university and don’t want to commute too far. Some people are comfortable with a 30-minute commute, others want to be within walking-distance. Then there’s always the question of how close you want to stay to your family and friends. Location can be as much about logistics as it is about personal preference, so take time to think about it.
Just like your wardrobe, the style of your home reflects your personality. Are you looking for a one-story ranch style home? Maybe you’re into art deco. What about a log cabin getaway or a colonial style home? Your taste in architecture will be a determining factor in finding the home that you love.
But, the outside is just as important as the inside. Are you a fan of hardwood floors or shag carpeting? Is a tiled entryway top of your list? What about the type of bannister for your staircase?
Home buying is not a decision made lightly. These factors and many more will determine the house you will want to call home. As always, Cranbrook Realtors is here to help you find your dream home in Michigan.