Are you looking for an apartment or a house to buy? Are you struggling to choose between several options? When I was working for a property management company in Laguna Beach CA I put together this quick guide to help you out.
Here are the tips for you guys:
KNOW WHAT KIND OF HOUSE YOU WANT
When choosing a home, deciding what type of house that you want is the number one issue to consider. Some people tend to be more introverted and keep things to themselves, so by owning their own house, they have the freedom to do as the please in their own personal space. If you are a type of person, who enjoys spending time alone in a quiet place and hates unfriendly roommates, buying your own house can be the best option.
On the other hand, some people like to live in apartments because maintenance is lower and you don’t have to mow the lawn, or deal with the headache that comes with owning a house, so whichever option that works for you.
STAY WITHIN YOUR BUDGET RANGE
Some people go overboard and spend money they know that they can not pay back. You don’t want to fall into the trap of owning a house too big for your or one that is too expensive. As long as it meets your expectations has the necessary requirements, it should be enough.
CONSIDER COMBINING YOUR LIFESTYLE WITH YOUR HOME
When buying your home, stop to think and consider what kind of lifestyle you have. For example, if you like to play music or if you happen to be an entrepreneur look for options that combine the aspects of your life into the home. You would probably be better off buying a bigger house that has an extra room for work/recording, and other rooms for team and group meetings.
Instead of leasing an office space for extra money and getting stuck in traffic jams just to get to and back from work, you could save all the headache by combining your lifestyle, hobbies, and interests with your home.
WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU
And, lastly what is important to you? Is it location, environment, the neighborhood or other things? Make sure to consider the neighborhood safety, how far of a commute it is to work, etc.
People fall into the trap of buying a house that other people would feel jealous of, or a house that others like instead of choosing a home that they themselves would like.
At the end of the day, you are making a big investment and decision for yourself, so it should be about you and your family. Make a list of what is important to you and your family. If one particular house has everything you need, but just a little more expensive compared to another house that is a bit cheaper (but doesn’t meet all your needs), maybe it is better to spend just a little more so that you are happy with your decision. You don’t want buyers remorse at the end.