Whether you’re searching for your dream home in Orlando, a golf course home for sale at Alaqua Country Club or something else entirely, there are three things you should never compromise on. Your future happiness depends on it.
3 Things You Should Never Compromise On When You Buy a Home
When you start your house-hunt, you’ll have a wish list – and you’ll probably star some of the items on it, meaning that they’re more “must-have” than “dream feature.” These are three things you should never compromise on when you’re buying a home:
- The floor plan
- Your budget
- Commute times
#1. Never compromise on the floor plan.
You have to live in the home every day, and if it’s inconvenient – or if it’s too small, too large, or too anything, you’re not going to be happy with your purchase.
Before you start house-hunting, you’ll know how much space you want and how much you absolutely need. And while you can invest in renovations later to change the floor plan, or add bedrooms and bathrooms, it’s probably better to find a house that’s at least very close to what you want before you start your search. You’ll save yourself a lot of time – and money – later.
#2. Never compromise on your budget.
Most people buy a home that’s pretty close to the amount that their lender says it’ll give them. But you definitely don’t have to spend that much – in fact, it’s smarter to buy under your budget than right at your budget. You’ll save money in the long run.
Besides, there’s more money involved in home ownership than the amount you pay for your monthly mortgage payments. You’ll have to handle homeowners association dues, maintenance and repairs, and any upgrades that you want to make.
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#3. Never compromise on commute times.
Five days a week – at least – you’ll be driving to and from work. Sure, you may be willing to take on a 30-minute commute to work… but will it really matter if it’s 35 minutes, or maybe 40 minutes?
Yes, it will. Because sitting in the car gets old – and it gets old, fast. Set your maximum commute time and stick to it – and just to be safe, try the commute before you put an offer on a home. Head to work from the neighborhood at the regular time, and head to the neighborhood directly after work. That way, you’ll get a good feel for how long the commute will really take.
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