Quantcast 3 Things to Consider Before Buying a Home
3 Things to Consider Before Buying a Home

Buying a house is a significant undertaking. When you’re looking at homes, you may not realize how many factors come into play and influence your final decision. At first, you may be focused on finding a spacious, comfortable living space, which makes sense because the house itself should be your top priority. However, there are a number of small details that are often overlooked during the home buying process and can affect your life after the move. Here are three factors that might not immediately come to mind before buying a home, but need to be carefully considered:

1. Changes in the Costs of Living

Your mortgage isn’t the only monthly cost that will change when you move. Individual towns often apply their own real estate and school tax charges, and the percentages can differ from one area to another. You may be willing to pay additional taxes if you’re looking for the best school districts, but make sure the additional tax payment fits into your budget. You may also want to consider buying a home in a budget-friendly neighborhood and then use the savings to send your children to a private school. The cost of living also changes between towns and larger cities. You can use the web calculator at Salary.com to calculate the cost of living index for comparative purposes. You may not realize just how much basic living expenses will rise in your new town. Other additional expenses to consider include a monthly home owners’ association fee, landscaping fees if you’re coming from a condo or apartment and higher utilities to support a larger living space.

2. Your Surroundings

Your dream house should also be located in a suitable neighborhood that fits your lifestyle. Don’t forget to look beyond the property you’d like to purchase. To get a feel for the character of the surrounding area, drive up and down nearby streets. Look for basketball nets, backyard grills, fences and swing sets. If you’re looking to raise a family, are there other children playing outside? Listen for sounds of traffic and transit, including local trains and overhead airplanes landing at nearby airports, and check the streets for traffic, especially on a busy Monday morning. It also doesn’t hurt to look into the quality of local schools and crime rates when evaluating a neighborhood.

3. Your Career Plans

Dealing with a long commute to and from work can quickly turn your love for your new home sour, making this another important factor to consider before you sign on the dotted line. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t just factor in your current commute, but future commutes, too. For instance, if you work in an industry where you change jobs or locations frequently, you’ll want to live in a centrally located area, perhaps close to public transportation, to make future commutes manageable. Similarly, if you typically log a lot of miles driving to meet work clients, you’ll want to be close to the highways for easy accessibility.

Before buying a home, think about factors beyond the actual structure of the house and the number of bedrooms and bathrooms. To avoid becoming overwhelmed with your home search, start by limiting yourself to certain neighborhoods. This will help you to avoid the possibility of finding something you like and then being forced to choose between a house you love and an unsuitable neighborhood. For additional help, head to Owners.com to search for a house in your price range that’s located in a neighborhood that works best for you.

Homes near you:

43469 LUCKETTS BRIDGE CIR
Ashburn, VA 20148 | 5 BEDS 3 BATHS | 9148 FT²
$669,990
42825 CROSSBOW CT
Ashburn, VA 20147 | 4 BEDS 4 BATHS | 11326 FT²
$609,890
19385 CYPRESS RIDGE TER #711
Leesburg, VA 20176 | 3 BEDS 2 BATHS
$339,900
44006 ABERDEEN TER
Ashburn, VA 20147-3825 | 3 BEDS 4 BATHS | 1307 FT²
$367,900
20629 HOLYOKE DR
Ashburn, VA 20147-3233 | 4 BEDS 5 BATHS | 4792 FT²
$825,000
22021 CRESTED QUAIL DR
Ashburn, VA 20148-7129 | 5 BEDS 5 BATHS | 24829 FT²
$950,000
43579 PURPLE ASTER TER
Leesburg, VA 20176 | 4 BEDS 5 BATHS | 4356 FT²
$629,900
20317 MEDALIST DR
Ashburn, VA 20147-4184 | 5 BEDS 3 BATHS | 7841 FT²
$749,900
20741 DEWBERRY CT
Ashburn, VA 20147-4642 | 4 BEDS 3 BATHS | 13068 FT²
$639,500
19385 CYPRESS RIDGE TER #1120
Leesburg, VA 20176 | 3 BEDS 2 BATHS
$315,000
43798 ABBOTT PL
Ashburn, VA 20147 | 4 BEDS 5 BATHS | 9148 FT²
$749,500
21828 LADYSLIPPER SQ
Ashburn, VA 20147 | 3 BEDS 4 BATHS | 2178 FT²
$469,900
FOGGY RIDGE TER
Ashburn, VA 20148 | 3 BEDS 3 BATHS | 1920 FT²
$499,990
42555 MAGELLAN SQ
Ashburn, VA 20148 | 3 BEDS 4 BATHS | 1742 FT²
$422,000
19375 CYPRESS RIDGE TER #1106
Leesburg, VA 20176 | 2 BEDS 2 BATHS
$299,000
23424 GARDENWALK DR
Ashburn, VA 20148 | 4 BEDS 4 BATHS | 6534 FT²
$624,900
23458 EPPERSON SQ
Ashburn, VA 20148-7431 | 3 BEDS 4 BATHS | 3049 FT²
$579,000
44302 ACUSHNET TER
Ashburn, VA 20147-7102 | 3 BEDS 3 BATHS | 1742 FT²
$449,400
20002 PALMER CLASSIC PKWY
Ashburn, VA 20147-5203 | 5 BEDS 5 BATHS | 14810 FT²
$824,000
20058 VALHALLA SQ
Ashburn, VA 20147 | 3 BEDS 4 BATHS | 4356 FT²
$610,000
20455 QUIET WALK TER
Ashburn, VA 20147-3352 | 3 BEDS 3 BATHS | 1307 FT²
$324,900
20406 ALDERLEAF TER
Ashburn, VA 20147 | 2 BEDS 2 BATHS
$317,900
43764 LEES MILL SQ
Leesburg, VA 20176-3821 | 3 BEDS 4 BATHS | 3485 FT²
$515,000
41779 PRAIRIE ASTER CT
Ashburn, VA 20148-1743 | 4 BEDS 5 BATHS | 24829 FT²
$1,350,000

Don't miss a listing

Get the owners.com app today

People are also reading