At some point in everyone’s life it comes time to move. Here’s a few questions to ask yourself:
1) Is it time to move?
2) Are you out-growing your current residence?
3) Is it time to get out of mom and dad’s house?
4) Is the townhome or condo you bought when you were single getting tight for your growing family?
5) Are you planning on adding to your family and in need of more space?
If the answer to one or more of these questions is “yes”, then it’s time to think about making the move. It’s important first to consider the needs of your family both for now and the future. Assess your “needs” and “wants”. First and foremost, what can you afford? If buying a home is the goal, talking with a trusted mortgage broker or real estate agent is a good place to start. Current low interest rates, coupled with declining home values, could mean maybe you can afford more than you thought. Next, consider how many bedrooms and bathrooms you'll need and how big a yard you want.
Once you’ve settled on these things and selected your preferred locations, you can start looking at homes in your price range with your agent. It’s also important to research information about the educational statistics and programs of local schools if you have children or plan to have them. Even if you don’t have children, the school district you end up living in will generally have some impact on your home’s value and resale, so be sure to research things.
Consider the amenities of a community and it’s location as well. Can you get to the grocery store, doctor's office, or mall easily? Also, are the homes in the neighborhood well kept? Are you close to parks? Every family is different – look for local features that you’ll want to access easily.
Most importantly when decided to make that move - be sure you end up where you want to be for the duration. You want it to feel like home with minimal regrets. Oh, and don’t’ forget that the search is supposed to be fun… it’s the beginning of a new chapter in your family’s life!