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When you decide to buy a home, the number of factors you need to consider can become overwhelming. Where do you want to move to? How much are you willing to spend on your home? How many rooms do you want or need? There’s so much to consider that some important factors may slip your mind. When you go out to do some house shopping, keep these in mind before making your final decision.


The Location


Obviously, you’ll want to move somewhere that you won’t mind living for a while, so the location of your home is one of the most important aspects to consider. Unlike imperfections that you might find in the home, that can be fixed, you can’t pick up the house and move it to a completely different neighborhood. While house hunting, keep in mind the home’s proximity from your job and the grocery store, if the neighborhood is the right fit for you, how the home itself is situated, what the neighbors are like, and so on. These are all location-specific questions to be answered, so before signing off on the home, really mull over if this is the right space for you.


The Neighborhood


Expand your consideration outside of the perimeter of the property you’re looking at. Not only will you have your property to tend to, but you’ll also have to be considerate of your potential neighbors and the neighborhood itself. Is the neighborhood nice? Is it large? Is it clean, or do the other residents keep their yards dirty or filled with garbage? Will your family be safe there? 


The Exterior


Your home will ultimately reflect who you are to passersby, so the exterior should show who you are. If you’re more laid-back, a simpler, more contemporary house would be a good fit for you. If you like the finer things in life, you might want to look into a Victorian or Tudor-style home. Keep in mind the area you’ll be moving to and how you can maintain your house because of it. Brick homes are easier to maintain, but if the area is prone to earthquakes, a brick home won’t be the smartest choice.


The Criteria


Figure out the criteria you’re looking for before you purchase any home. This includes the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, the layout of the house, the lighting and closet space provided, and more. You can remodel, of course, but that’s often expensive to do so. It’s easiest to find a house that matches your criteria as closely as possible to save on future expenses.