(Closed) Buying a home… Whats important?

posted 5 years ago in Home
  • poll: Please select all of your most important factors when choosing a house for a new family.
    Square footage : (66 votes)
    18 %
    Land size : (31 votes)
    9 %
    Location - Shops nearby : (40 votes)
    11 %
    Location - Schools nearby : (54 votes)
    15 %
    Location - Acreage : (14 votes)
    4 %
    Location - Small quiet town : (26 votes)
    7 %
    Location - Big City : (14 votes)
    4 %
    Location - Close to family or friends (regardless of physical location) : (36 votes)
    10 %
    Layout and design : (79 votes)
    22 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    Is your current place big enough for a baby? Would you rent the new place or buy it as an investment and later rent it out? I’d say stay where you are and just save up for a new home before moving unless your place is just too small for an additional family member. 

    We are in a townhouse that’s about 1400 square feet right now. I’d like something bigger with more land. We will likely rent this place out once we are able to buy a new home. A nice kitchen and bathroom is always important.:-)

    Post # 5
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    5405 posts
    Bee Keeper

    For me, kitchen, bathrooms, and closets are what I look for inside. Of course all the other rooms matter, but those are the things I personally like to have be big and really nice with high quality finishes. Location is also important–meaning I would want to be in a safe area that’s close to necessities (and schools, though that’s far off for you if you don’t currently have kids and aren’t looking for a forever home). 

    Also, don’t focus on things that are fixable–paint color, floor coverings, etc. Look at the layout and space for its potential above all. 

    Things like land size are less important to me. And of course price is important because you do not want to be “house poor!” 

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    @Pappy8:  Yikes! Well I can understand you wanting to move to more “kid-friendly” area. I’d definitely move temporarily and continue saving for my dream home.

    Post # 7
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    5894 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Location, location, location. We didnt want to be too far out from the city (we are 15-20 mins by highway), near public transportation, with good schools.We needed room for FIL to live with us and have his own space. But also room for my Mom to visit frequently. We are planning for this to be our forever home, so we needed to be able to grow into it (and we had to consider elementary-high school)

    With all of that in mind, we got an older house- 50 years old that hadn’t been kept up for the past 7 years. So it was in sad shape, but the bones are good.

    As for you, make sure you buy it in a location that will be easy to sell in the future. Make sure it is big enough for your family for the next 5-7 years. Look past cosmetic (in fact because our house was in bad cosmetic shape, we got it for $60,000 less than the identical house next door that sold the same month.)

    Good Luck!

    Post # 8
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    4803 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We each had some different non-negotiables – the ones we had in common were at least three bedrooms and a decent amount of storage space, and obviously price matters. Then DH’s were not too far away from his work, not too big of a yard since he hates the upkeep, an attached 2 car garage, and something not on a major road (preferably in a neighborhood), and a newer home – he was pretty hesitant to look at anything not built in the 90s or 00s. Mine were a basement (which ended up not happening because I fell in love with a basement-less house, tons of closets and attic space though for storage), decent school system, and NOT a country town – a lot of the cities around DH’s work are full of country/redneck types that are all about hunting and camo and the homes have well water and UGH I just can’t handle it. And I really wanted an open floor plan with a modern look – yes, appearance can always be changed/updated – but I’d prefer not to deal with that.

    Post # 9
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    I’d say square footage, location neatr quality schools that a child could safely get to on his/her own (whether by bus, walking, or riding a bike), and the kitchen are the most important. Square footage is only important up to a point. For me, DH, our dog, and our baby, anything less than 1150 is out of the question, but going over abour 1800 would really not be necessary.

    Post # 10
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2014

    A GOOD INSPECTION.

    I almost bought a house that, as it turns out, would have needed close to $20,000 in repairs (new roof, massive termite damage, bad landscaping that was causing water to run under the foundation–looked like the house was sliding down the steep hill below it, something wrong in the structure that necessitated a huge plank to have to be put in the peak of the garage roof….) I thought the house was darling and a decent price, but I would have ended up WAY under water, if they could have even fixed these things. I feel sorry for the sap who thought he would just save the $500 in inspection fees.

    Post # 12
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Layout is pretty important.  I think it trumps squarefootage.  Because you could have 2000sqft in a poorly lade out house or 1500 well laid out space.  Size isn’t everything.  I lost my non-negotiable layout plan I wnated after 2 failed negotiations.  Location is extremely important, for yourself and for resale (near schools, busy street etc).  We live in the city so schooling wasn’t important to us but location was.  My exact house in another(that used to be good) neighborhood is 100k less.  When I saw that I wanted to throw up.

    Post # 13
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    955 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    The most important thing is location.

     

    You cannot change that.  Ever.

     

     

    Beyond that, everything else (as far as wants/needs) is dependent upon the couple buying. 

    Post # 14
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

    @Pappy8:  That really depends on whats important to you and your SO!

    For us it was location to work, land (altho we haven’t walked around our backyard all winter…. someone could be dumping garbage back there and I wouldn’t know), 2 stall garage, man cave and full basement, city sewer hookup instead of septic, no dining room, etc.

    As you look at houses you’ll realize what is and isn’t important to you.

    Post # 15
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Like other posters have said, LOCATION is key. You want to make sure you can resell quickly if it turns out to not be your forever home. Or if you do choose to stay, it is just as important that it has everything you need in its vicinity. I also agree that layout trumps sq footage but at the same time if you guys are handy (or if you have the means to renovate), you can make the house into what works best for you. Lastly, I feel that your perfect home will ‘speak’ to you. You will know when you have found it. Good Luck!

    Post # 16
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    4496 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Location and price were the main factors for us. The area we lived in previously is ridiculously expensive – you get nothing for your money in terms of sq footage or quality. We could have bought something close to where I work, but we’d be living 5 feet from neighbors on both sides and have no privacy, it would need tons of updating and we’d be squished in closet-like spaces. Its also very urban and not in a good way – crime, kinda dirty looking because no one takes care of their homes, etc. We started looking in other areas and ended up with a gorgeous house an hour away! We have a fully updated kitchen & bathrooms, its the size we wanted, we have about an acre of land (privacy!), finished basement, and its in a great and safe area. According to 3 real estate agents this house would have cost us more than double in the area we used to live in.

    So for us I would definitely say we focused on location – in terms of loving the area/neighborhood, low crime rate, well kept. And then price for obvious reasons. The fact that the inside of the house is updated was a major bonus, but that stuff can always be done later if need be. You can’t physically move your house and there is only so much wiggle room with cost. FI works nearby now and I handle the 1hr drive on the days I need to be in the office.

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