It can be very easy to get so caught up in the dream of owning a home that you eventually reach the point where you will seriously consider taking just about anything. Which is why you should always take the time to consider the following home buying tips before you put your signature down on any legally binding piece of paper. Before you fall too deeply in love with the view outside that big picture window or that magnificent stone fireplace or the garage so big there's still some roof left over after parking both your SUVs, you should come up with a definite answer to the following questions and then make a judgment based on those answers.
How Much Gasoline Will It Cost Me to Get to...?
The first time home buyer, especially, very often lacks the experience necessary to fully consider the comprehensive cost of purchasing a home. An essential aspect of that comprehensive cost worth considering these days is how much gasoline it is going to cost you to get to work and back every day. In addition to high cost of commuting back and forth to work, you should also add up how much mileage stands between that house you've got your eye on and any places in town you can expect to drive to on a regular basis: schools, the mall, where your friends and family live, your house of worship, favorite restaurants, movie theaters, nightclubs, the one mechanic in town you've come to trust and anywhere else you want or need to be on a frequent basis.
Is the Yard Suitable for Outdoor Stuff?
People often forget that home buying tips can also mean property buying tips. You are not just out to buy a new home You are also out to buy the land that home sits upon. That means asking some questions that have nothing to do with the house itself. Do you enjoy gardening? Landscaping? Sunbathing with a little privacy? Planning on some outdoor sports? With kids? Do you have a dog or have plans to adopt a dog? Is the word "weekend" just a synonym for "backyard barbecue" or does the very idea of spending the weekend outside make you shudder? Now take a look at the property on which that house sits. Is it suitable for any of the outdoor activities you enjoy? Does it have a privacy fence and if not, will you able to build one? Is the backyard big enough for kids to play in should you decide later to have children?
How Convenient are the Necessary Conveniences?
Not to be confused with the cost of commuting, necessary conveniences are those features of daily life that you will be using on a regular basis. Is there a grocery store nearby and, if so, is it one you like? How far away is the nearest gas station and it is convenient for getting into and out of when you're running late and realize your tank is nearly empty? Is there a convenience store nearby and, most importantly, is it really convenient?
What Kind of Time Frame Will I Have in an Emergency?
Take the time to research how far away the nearest fire station is, especially if that house you love is made of wood or features that amazing fireplace. If you had to get to the emergency room of the hospital fast, how long would it take you? If an ambulance had to get to you from that hospital, how long would it take them? For the love of your pet, spend the few minutes it takes to track down where the nearest emergency vet is located and how much long it will take to get your beloved animal friend to that vet should such an emergency arise.
These are the kinds of things that are easy to overlook in the excitement of buying a new home. When that initial excitement wears off, however, and you realize that knowing the answers to these questions might have impacted your decision to buy the house, it's too late. So do what it takes to answer them before you sign on the dotted line.