Things to Consider When Buying a Home

A home is one of the largest investments you’ll make and there are many things to consider when planning your purchase. (Image: Feverpitched via Dreamstime)

A home is one of the largest investments you’ll make. There are many things to consider when planning to buy a home, including finding the best financing option and understanding how much you can afford.

What is homeownership?

Homeownership is the financial investment in a residential property in which you live. Basically, it means that you are the legal and rightful owner of your home and all its contents. Homeownership is the most common form of property ownership. 

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Additionally, homeowners enjoy a wide range of benefits. This includes lower costs for utilities and maintenance, protection from hazards such as fire, and other important services provided by the government in connection with the safety of your home.

Things to consider when buying a home


Location and ease of access are things you can’t change once you purchase your home, so think about them early in the search process. Do you want the hassle of traffic or the excitement of being close to downtown? What are your space restrictions? Try to find something near your work and within walking distance of restaurants, parks, and public transportation.

Big houses in the Queene Anne neighborhood with beautiful landscaping and grand views of downtown Seattle.
Location and ease of access are things you can’t change once you purchase your home, so think about them early in the search process. (Image: Jackbluee via Dreamstime)


Before looking at houses, you must figure out what size of home you want. Knowing the factors that contribute to the size of your family and determining a minimum square-footage number is a good place to start.

Type of house exterior

A sturdy exterior means a home that’s not likely to fall apart, especially over time. An inspection will help you find areas that need attention, but there are always strong warning signs out in the open. That is why it’s important to keep an eye out for these issues while looking at a property and decide if it fits your needs.


The neighborhood is one of the most important factors in choosing where to live. Before you buy a home in a new place, ask yourself whether it’s safe and stable. Make sure that common spaces are safe enough for children and pets to play safely and are walkable for you.

Windows and lighting

To ensure the house you purchase has the most natural light possible, look for rooms with windows and large expanses of glass. Also, note any built-in lights and outlets in each room so you’ll be ready to pinpoint areas with insufficient lighting or outlets when moving in.

A home interior showing the dining area with high quality hardwood fir flooring, cherry wood furniture, contemporary accent lighting and windows the look out onto a water view.
To ensure the house you purchase has the most natural light possible, look for rooms with windows and large expanses of glass. (Image: Solaris Images Inc via Dreamstime)

What are the most common house-hunting mistakes?

Looking outside your price range

Before looking for a house, figure out your budget. Make a list of how much you truly want to spend on each item. Then tailor your search by neighborhood, price range, and type of home you want.

Making rash decisions

Searching for the right place to live can be stressful and time-consuming, but don’t make a decision on the spur of the moment. You might be better off simply searching until your perfect house comes along. This mindset helps you avoid making decisions that you might regret later on.

Not focusing on the surrounding area

If you’re dreaming of moving to a new neighborhood, it’s worth researching now. While no one can predict the future perfectly, you’ll be better prepared to start your new life by asking around and getting some background information.

Buying a home is a big investment, but it’s also something that provides you with a great deal of satisfaction. It plays a big part in your lifestyle, what kind of neighborhood your children will grow up in, and it affects your job security.

It’s easy to get swept away when finding your dream home. Don’t make your decision on the spur of the moment. Take the time to make sure you’re making a good decision for yourself, your family, and your finances, and wait until you clearly understand what you want before buying.

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