As you dream about your future home, making sure you can afford it is the first hurdle to overcome, followed by a series of dealing, doubting, and decision-making.
House hunting is one of life’s most stressful and frustrating undertakings, but Houseandlotsforsale.com.ph says it can also be the most exciting. Even if you don’t end up finding the house of our dreams (and budget), the thrill of the chase makes it worthwhile.
For most of us, moving to a less-expensive locale makes more sense than settling for the costly, fast-paced bustle of the metro. With Metro Manila’s median house price sitting at $8.8 million, there has never been a better time to consider moving to neighboring provinces.
Once you’ve figured out where you want to live and how much you’ll have to earn to afford your dream home, you can follow these steps to ensure your house hunt goes smoothly:
Never go beyond your limits
Unless you have extra funds saved in the bank, set a strict budget and decide how much you’re able to spend. Stick to the maximum price you can afford, which means no looking at houses above your budget.
Differentiate your wants and needs
Before starting the hunt, write down a list of what you want in a house. While a bathtub sounds like an exciting idea, your bank account may disagree. As a rule, it’s always wiser to prioritize practicality, like a home office or a storage room. This rule especially applies to home buying.
Don’t forget to take pictures
Your real estate’s website won’t show the cracks and warts in their pictures. While touring the home, put your smartphone to good use and take the liberty of taking your own photos inside and outside the property. It’s not only good for documentation, but also for helping you remember important, but easily overlooked details.
Deciding on as something as critical as a home naturally makes you emotionally involved. Remember to stay motivated despite the hurdles along the way. So even if your house hunt wasn’t successful, at least, it was fun.