Find a Home

Now the fun begins!—the part you’ve been waiting for. It’s time to shop for a home!

Make a List of Needs and Wants

First, make a list of things you must have in a home and things that you would like to have in a home. This ensures that you look only at homes that actually fit your criteria. Otherwise, you may spend a lot of time looking through homes that don’t fit your criteria, which can add frustration to your search.

Take Lots of Notes

Make sure to take plenty of notes as you look at homes. You’d be surprised how all of the homes start to blur together after you’ve seen a few, and your notes will come in handy when it’s time to narrow down “The One.”

Evaluate the Neighborhood

You should also evaluate the neighborhoods where your favorite homes are located. Go during the day as well as after dark. If you can, talk to some of the neighbors. Drive to work from the home and see if the daily commute will work for you.