The start of a new year brings the exciting prospect of change. That change can be small, like a resolution to get more sleep or cut back on screen time, or much larger, like buying a new home. If a new home is in your future, we’re here to help. Whether you have already started the search, or are not sure where to begin, we have rounded up things to consider when looking for your new abode.
Smart Home Technology
Move over Jetson’s, the real technology upgrades are here. This year smart home capabilities have moved beyond Alexa and Siri – or even a video doorbell system. From refrigerators that have transparent touchscreens and can read a recipe to you, to sinks that fill up at simple voice commands, it’s time to consider what technology is important to you. Is it an already installed smart home A/C and alarm system? Or a family room big enough for a screen projector to create an at home theater movie experience? It’s a good idea to take a little time to learn about all of these and more when making your new home wish list, as this will help you and your realtor keep the search on track.
How Far is too Far?
How do you feel about a commute? Is it an enjoyable time you can catch up on podcasts or listen to audio books? Or do you loathe traffic with every fiber in your being? Because let’s face it, there are only two kinds of people when it comes to traffic – those who can take it and those who can’t. Always take into consideration how far the commute will be to work or your kid’s schools and narrow your radius around that area.
Location, Location, Location
Perhaps the most important thing to consider – WHERE do you want to live? Wide open spaces, modern condo living, established neighborhoods, and new builds all have their plusses and minuses, depending on your needs. Areas close to high performing schools, new shopping and restaurant developments in Gilbert are very hot right now. We suggest you drive around all areas at different times (weekends, weekdays, mornings, midday and evenings), before you narrow down the neighborhoods that will work for you.
These days, picking a home requires more thought than how many bed and baths you need. Choose a professional that is specialized in the area and can help you close on the home of your dreams. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have.