How to Figure Out Your Wants and Needs for Your New Residence

When you are planning a relocation, you’re probably going to see a lot of places that strike your fancy – and quite a few more that don’t. With so many options to look at and select from, it’s important that you have a clear sense of what the non-negotiables are for your new residence. That way, you can easily check homes off your list that don’t fit your bill and focus instead on sorting through the ones that you feel might work well for your needs. Here are some guidelines for home-shoppers considering a relocation to the Grove City, OH area.

Are you renting, or buying?

This can make a big difference because rentals tend to be more short-term, so you may not need to plan for years down the line. If you’re shopping for a rental, you can think more about what features you will enjoy right now. This could be simple things like access to a favorite coffee shop, or a gorgeous view. But if you’re looking for a place you hope to settle in, think about what you or your family may need in the future. How about access to schools? If you think your family may grow, is there room in the home for you to spread out? Financial considerations are also important. Look at standard mortgage prices, as well as rental costs, in the Grove City area of central Ohio. Also, consider whether your financial situation is likely to change in the years ahead.

What do you need in terms of interior space and amenities?

You should have a clear idea of how much space you need, how many rooms you need, and whether there are any non-negotiables considerations pertaining to layout. For instance, if someone in your family has a disability, you may need a home that is all on one level. Or if you intend to run a business from your home, you may absolutely require an office area or storage space. Remember, it is possible to remodel or renovate. You might be able to add an addition on the ground floor or turn a breakfast nook into a bedroom. But remember that this kind of project can be pricey – and time-consuming.

Consider what’s necessary in terms of exterior space and grounds.

Maybe you don’t need any yard area at all, just a place to park a car. Or perhaps you have a pet that needs a certain amount of space to play. Or maybe your kids do sports and will require an outdoor area for daily practice. Think about hobbies you might need a little or a lot of outdoor area for, and whether you can live without them, or whether they are part of a necessary self-care regimen. Also think about outdoor safety issues, such as proximity to busy highways or regional geological hazards.  

What are your deal-breakers when it comes to location?

What home-shoppers are looking for in location varies greatly. Maybe you want a rural property where you can homestead or keep animals. On the other hand, you might want an urban residence within walking distance from shops, restaurants, gyms, and cultural events. Or perhaps you’d prefer in a home in the suburbs where your kids can ride their bicycles and play in the yard. Whatever the case, make a list of what you absolutely need in your new location, versus what might be just a fun extra.

Make a list of features you’d like but can live without.

You may come down to choosing between several similar properties all of which meet your needs. In which case, consider which features you’d like to have in a new home, even if they aren’t deal-breakers. For instance, if you’re buying a country home, the addition of a pond or lake could mean the opportunity to fish or swim. If you’re looking at urban apartments, a gym in the building might make one choice more appealing.

Once you have a clear sense of what you are looking for, talk to your realtor so they can help you sort through listings. For assistance with your home search in central Ohio, contact The Ford Group, HER realtors. They will be able to help you locate the perfect property for you, in the community of your choice.

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