You have seen several homes, and you have narrowed it down to 2-3 homes. You want to narrow down your decision to the final home, and need something else to compare. The list below can you an idea of some items to consider when you need to make a decision about a home. Some of these items are going to be more important than others. Some of your non-negotiables may not be on this list... and that is OK! Everyone is different, and everyone values some aspects of homeownership more heavily than others.
Consider The Following When You Are Torn Between Houses:
1. What would your monthly payment be?
2. Does one of the homes have a multiple offer situation? Do you want to compete? How would your offer compare to similar sold homes within the past 6-12 months?
3. Drive through the neighborhood during different times of the day, and different days of the week. How does the neighborhood compare on a Friday night after 7:00 PM versus Sunday morning around 8:00 AM? Do the neighbors keep to themselves, or do they use neighborhood amenities? Where do the neighbors park their cars? In the garage, street, yard?
4. Is there a Home Owners Association? If there is, I highly recommend reading over all of the HOA information provided, so that you will know what you can or can not do. Some of your questions may be more specific, and I highly recommend contacting the HOA for more information.
5. What would your commute to and from work/school be like? What is the traffic like during the times you would need to go to and from work/school?
6. What would your commute be like to family and friends?
7. How close is the home from entertainment and grocery stores you frequent?
8. Who are the utility providers, and how much do the sellers spend on the utilities?
9. How much remodeling and renovation is needing to be done? Is it immediate, or can it wait?
Every home is different. Every neighborhood is different. Even within the same neighborhood, depending on the time of day, the overall atmosphere of the neighborhood can be different. You will encounter many people who have many different opinions. Just remember, who is buying the home?