Finding the perfect place to call home sweet home can be quite a challenge. From identifying the ideal location to finding a house that’s the right size for your family and in a price range you are comfortable with, the process of finding the right home can be daunting.

Here are 7 tips to guide you as you search for that perfect house to call home.

1. Stick to Your Budget

When you’re shopping for a home, there’s nothing worse than falling in love with a house that you can’t afford. Determine your homebuying budget and do your best to stick to that budget throughout the search process. You don’t want to end up with a mortgage that puts you in a precarious financial position for years to come.

2. Don’t Expect Perfection

Many homebuyers have a vision of the ideal house in their heads as they begin the shopping process. But it’s important to keep in mind that the perfect home in most cases does not exist. As nice as it would be to buy a house that’s exactly what you’ve envisioned or one that doesn’t need any repairs or updates, that’s probably not what’s going to happen. Instead, look for the features you feel are most important and consider what you could do to transform the house you’re looking at into the home you’ve picturing for yourself.

3. Learn About the Location

You’ve probably heard it a million times during the process of shopping for a home – location, location, location! One of the most important features of a house is its location. Before you start the search for a home, research the area where you plan to live. Choose a few locations that you feel suit you best and then start the search for places to live in those locations.

4. Explore the Neighborhood

Ideally, you’ll find a house you love in a location and community that you feel comfortable in – but sometimes that’s not that’s not the case. When you’ve found a house you like, be sure to take time to explore the neighborhood. Chances are, even if it’s the perfect house you’ve always imagined living in, you’ll regret purchasing it if you don’t enjoy your neighbors or feel at home in the neighborhood where it’s located.

5. Envision the Future

Buying a home is a big investment. Ideally, you’ll live in the house you purchase for a number of years. For this reason, it’s important to consider whether or not the home you’ve chosen will meet your needs in the future. If you’re planning to have kids, this might include researching the school district you’ll be living in and considering whether or not the number of bedrooms in the house will be sufficient in years to come. You want to be sure your family doesn’t outgrow your living space too quickly!

6. Fall in Love With the Floorplan

When looking at homes, it’s important to remember that decorative elements and finishes can be changed to suit your preferences, but the home’s floorplan and layout are somewhat permanent. As you’re touring homes, try to pay attention the floorplan. While the decorations and finishes might not be what you’re looking for, they can easily be changed! If you like the layout of the home it may be worth considering.

7. Wait For What You Want

When you’ve decided it’s time to buy a home, you may be anxious to get the process underway. But it’s important to take your time with the shopping process. Don’t rush or feel pressured to find a home to move into in a set amount of time. Instead, make a list of non-negotiables, be patient and wait for what you want! Your home is likely one of the biggest purchases you will make in your lifetime. Waiting for the home you want to come along is well worth it in the long run!

In The Market for a New Home? Work with Heritage Custom Builders!

Want to make your vision for the perfect home a reality? At Heritage Custom Builders, we can make it happen! Our team will work with you to determine exactly what you’d like featured in your new home. We’ll then design and build the home of your dreams with the best quality materials – all while staying within your price range.

Interested in moving into an already existing home in a new neighborhood? Heritage Custom Builders can help with that too! Our three communities in Saratoga County –  Timber Creek Preserve in Ballston Lake, Mourningkill Meadows in Ballston and Heritage Pointe in Clifton Park – are great places to live! These neighborhoods feature beautifully constructed homes, friendly neighbors and are a great place to call home.

Contact us today at (518) 348-0931 to find out more about how we can help you find or build the right home for you!