May 23, 2022 at 11:48am | Melanie Wood
When you decide it’s time to buy a home, you probably already have some wants and needs in mind. Maybe your motivation for moving is a need for more bedrooms or a desire for a larger backyard. But there are a lot of factors to consider when narrowing down what type of home you want next. Here are 15 questions to ask yourself, courtesy of Extra Space Storage and MYMOVE:
  1. How long do I plan to stay in my next home?
  2. Do I plan on growing my family (getting married, having children) while living in this home?
  3. What are my must-have home features?
  4. What are my would-like-to-have home features (that I’d be willing to compromise on)?
  5. Which neighborhoods best fit my lifestyle? (Factor in proximity to your job, schools, restaurants, nightlife, or whatever is relevant to you.)
  6. Do I want a fixer-upper or a turnkey home?
  7. Do I want to live in a neighborhood that has an HOA?
  8. Do I want an older or newer home?
  9. Does the lot size matter to me?
  10. Does the location’s noise level matter to me?
  11. Which style aesthetic do I like best (colonial, mid-century modern, craftsman, etc.)?
  12. Which style of living do I want (single home, duplex, condo, townhome, etc.)?
  13. How close in proximity do I want to be to neighbors?
  14. How important is walkability (to parks, shops, restaurants, etc.) to me?
  15. What kind of layout do I want? Do I want an open plan or a more traditional floor plan?
This is a good starting point for figuring out what you want in your next home. But be sure to talk with your lender to determine your budget, then meet with a real estate agent to see how they can help you find your dream 
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