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01/24/2019
If you're starting your home search, be ready to compromise. Chances are you won't find a home that is perfect in every aspect, but there are also some things you shouldn't compromise on.

What You Shouldn't Compromise on When Searching for a Home

Before you start scouring listings hoping to find your dream home, arm yourself with a list of needs. Oftentimes, home buyers will find themselves getting attached to a home that doesn't even have any of the things they're looking for. With a needs list, you can have a clear reminder of what you need and why. If you're not sure what needs you should never sacrifice, check out the points below to help you on your home search.

Don't Change Your Budget

Start your home search by setting a realistic budget that will narrow down your choices. Having a budget range is your best bet because it will give you a range to work with when putting in an offer and subsequently negotiating with the seller. Never go beyond your maximum budget since this can result in you investing in a home you can't afford. You shouldn't barely be able to cover your mortgage and other home related payments since this can make you feel stressed out and unhappy. Instead, invest in a home that you can comfortably afford while still maintaining a lifestyle that makes you happy. Don't forget that you should also have enough at the end of the month to keep a healthy savings account.

Stick to the Location You Want

If you don't like the paint color on the walls or the wall-to-wall carpeting, you can change this. One of the few things you won't be able to change is the location of your home. Because of this, it's important that you have a clear idea of the areas you want to live in. If you hate long commutes, avoid buying a home that is far from your workplace. If you hate the noise in the city, don't buy a home downtown. You get the picture. Also, keep in mind that a home's location greatly affects its resale value. Even if you plan on staying for a long time, you never know how long you'll be there. Get the best return on your investment by choosing the location strategically.

Fixer-Upper or Move-In Ready?

If you want a home that you can arrive at and automatically start moving your things into, a fixer-upper is not for you. Fixer-uppers require quite a bit of work and sometimes can't be lived in for a while. Avoid the stress of your home always being under construction and stick to a move-in ready home. While a fixer-upper may look charming and there is a certain appeal in being able to renovate a home, if you want a move-in ready home, a fixer-upper won't make you happy. No matter what type of home you're after, be sure to protect your investment by purchasing title title insurance in TARGET. To find a title insurance policy that's right for you, contact Schutt Law. Give them a call at (239) 540-7007 for more information about their title insurance policies.

The Size of the Home

The size of the home you're looking for should depend on a few factors. If you have a large family, work from home, or have pets, you may need quite a bit of space at home or in the yard. Similarly, if you don't yet have a family but are planning on starting one, think to the future when deciding how much space you need. Think in terms of square footage but also in terms of number of bedrooms and bathrooms. This information is crucial as it will ensure you family is comfortable at home. Don't sacrifice rooms for a lower price because things can get tight and uncomfortable. There are some space related things you can compromise on, like the size of the kitchen, but bedrooms and bathrooms are one of them.

The Surrounding Community

You should feel happy and safe in the community surrounding your home. This means your neighborhood and the surrounding areas and services. If you have young children, look at crime rates and school districts. Consider public transportation options if you use it often and make sure your neighbors are welcoming. If something doesn't match what you're after, you're better off passing on the home instead of being uncomfortable every time you step outside.

Buy Title Insurance in TARGET

Now that you're ready to buy your dream home, don't forget to also purchase title insurance at closing. This can help protect you and your lender from major losses if a title issue comes up in the future. To learn more about this or to find your ideal title insurance policy, contact Schutt Law at (239) 540-7007.