Buying a home can be a lengthy and stressful process. A lot of the length and stress of home shopping depends on the market in your area. If you’re in a tough market you definitely want to enlist the assistance of a buyer’s agent, for one thing.
Your first steps, however, should include determining what type of home you want and where you want to live. If you want to be in the heart of a big city, a condo is probably going to be your best bet. If you want a new home you don’t have to build yourself, you may want to move into a new subdivision. Here are some things to consider.
Something Newly Built
You can own a newly built home without hiring builders or come up with home plans and blueprints of your own. Many towns and cities continually have new contractors coming in and building subdivisions. These are popular places to live for the people that want newer homes in nice areas.
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When you are ready to look at these types of homes you’ll want to schedule a viewing of a model home. This home will give you an idea of what you can expect from your new home. If you want to save a little, you can always buy a place that was previously owned but still built in the last decade.
Something From This Century
If new is not your thing, but you also want a home that doesn’t need a ton of new work, then you want to look for something build in the current century. You’re still going to run into some repairs, and you still have the chance of finding a home filled with asbestos and lead paint. However, you’ll also have a chance to find something nice that you can add your own finishing touches to without spending as much money as you would on a newer home.
An Older Home
If a fixer-upper is more your style, look into older homes. You can find some real gems that were built in the 1800s, but they’ll often need tons of TLC. If you’re the handy type you can save a lot on upfront costs by buying a home that needs some work.
Just remember, things like plumbing and electric work aren’t cheap and shouldn’t be DIY projects for those not experienced in those fields of work. However, if you only need things like new flooring, new appliances, and some new paint, pretty much anyone can fix that stuff up!
If you want to be a homeowner and not live in an apartment for the rest of your life, but you also don’t want a lawn to take care of and are hoping for some of the amenities an apartment complex offers, you may want to consider buying a condo. This is also the best option for someone that wants to live in the middle of a big city or someone that wants an affordable home with a great lake view.