As your family continues to grow bigger, you may find that you just don’t have enough space in your home to remain comfortable. Moving into a bigger home can be a big undertaking. While it may be exciting to jump into looking at bigger homes, there are some things you’ll want to do first.
1) Determine What You Need
Sit down with your partner and discuss the various necessities your new home will need. Create a list for the bare necessities like the number of bedrooms and bathrooms your family will need. You can also construct a list of things you would like to have. These are things like a porch or garage where they’re not a deal-breaker if a potential house doesn’t have them. However, you ideally want to find a home that does include them.
2) Get A Loan Pre-Approval
The next step you’ll want to take is to apply for a mortgage loan pre-approval. This will allow you to discover what a lender is willing to give you and how much the payment will be. While mortgage loans can be offered for large amounts, it’s important to take a look at your budget and pick a purchase price with monthly payments that fit comfortably into your budget.
3) Research Potential Agents
Your real estate agent is a big contributor to the smoothness or roughness of your purchase process. When you find a real estate agent that listens to what you want and only shows you homes that meet your basic requirements, you can get through the process smoothly. If you have a realtor that doesn’t listen well and insists on wasting your time showing you an abundance of properties that don’t fit your basic necessities, it can make the home buying process seem unbearable. Take the time to find an agent that fits your needs and has the experience to back up the transaction.
4) Start Packing Early
Once you’ve done the paperwork and are waiting for that special closing day, it’s time to get packing. You should start the packing process as early as possible to alleviate the stress that comes along with the big move. Take time to safely pack up items and label them appropriately so that your moving day goes slowly.
While it’s no doubt a blessing to have a growing family, it does come along with lots of responsibilities. Having a home that can comfortably house all of your children is a must. By following the four tips above, your family will be able to make the transition into a bigger home with ease.
By Brooke Chaplan
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan