Chances are that you have been saving for your dream home for some time, and you can’t wait to jump at the opportunity to start searching. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or veteran, review our top features to keep in mind when looking for your next home.
There’s a reason “location, location, location” is a mantra during the home hunting process. Characteristics of the right neighborhood location will look different for everyone, so make sure to make a list of your top location features before searching for a home. Decide what’s nonnegotiable—that may be a large backyard and close proximity to local schools, and what you can compromise on. Remember, you can add amenities and make repairs to a home, but you can’t change the location!
Narrow down your list to three communities and reach out to the people that currently live there; this will help give you an idea of how it would be to live in that neighborhood.
One factor for your move is probably because of space. Whether you need more of it or you’re downsizing, make sure the floor plan realistically matches your needs. While one extra bedroom can make a great guest room or home office, more space than you know what to do with can lead to costly energy bills and unnecessary hassle. Are the floor plan and bedrooms flexible for a growing family or empty nesters? Remember to consider your family’s future needs, too, especially if you want this to be your forever home.
Curb Appeal and Style of Home
When looking at homes, keep your personal lifestyle in mind. For example, if you don’t enjoy yard upkeep and landscaping, then look for a home with a more modest green space. Don’t forget to inspect the exterior features, including the sidewalk and driveway. Adding curb appeal usually doesn’t require heavy maintenance after you’ve bought a home, but you also don’t want curb appeal to be an extensive renovation project recently after purchasing a home.
Have a certain style in mind? These are three of the most common home styles that can help refine your search.
- Colonial homes have traditional floor plans with the living room, dining room, and kitchen on the first floor and bedrooms on the second floor. They’re usually two or three stories with brick or wooden exterior.
- A-frames are very recognizable home styles; they feature a slanted roof that looks like the letter A.
- Contemporary style homes are true to their name and highlight today’s design features. Current contemporary homes often have open floor plans, eco-friendly materials and appliances, and utilize natural light.
Remember to communicate your most valuable home features and preferences to your realtor throughout the home hunting process. Looking for your dream home in the New Orleans area? The expert team of McNeely Mack LifeStyle Properties | Latter & Blum serves clients throughout the Northshore and New Orleans. Browse our current homes for sale to start your search today or contact us to let us know how we can help you in the process.