Buyer Tips

Are You Ready to Move-Up?

What do you need to know if you are a home owner ready to sell and move-up by purchasing another home?  Is your family growing, you need more room, or just want something new and different? Whether it's your first time moving up or you've done it before, there are some things to pay attention to and plan for. The difference between the first time and this go-around is being a little more methodical and purposeful than when you bought your first home. It's a good idea to plan at least 6 months to a year ahead of time to make sure you have a good plan in place. Most important, make sure you understand WHY you want to move and are confident with the decision to move, so there aren't any regrets. So, what should you be thinking about?

Before you start looking online or scheduling to look at homes in person with your agent, you must ask yourself why you are moving and how long you want to be in this next home? When you have the answers to these questions, you can create a plan that will help the transition run a bit more smoothly and be successful with the home you choose. 

When visualizing your new home:

  • What are the things you liked about your current home that you want in the next home? 
  • What are things you didn't like or didn't have that you would like in the new home? 
  • What will your home need to have in the next 5-10 years (or however long you plan to be in the home), to address any new or upcoming needs and wants?

Whatever you decide, if it's a bigger kitchen you need, more bedrooms, storage, or a larger entertainment space, make sure you have thought through everything that could come up during the time you are in the home. Also, getting advice from friends and family is awesome, but decide what is right for you and your family, and choose accordingly. 

Lastly, definitely use this time wisely and create a solid plan of the exact home that will fit your family's needs and wants. The location, the space, the schools, access to the freeway, proximity to work, shopping, and restaurants all play a part in your decision. Once you have completed this task, your next step will be to figure out your budget and how you will pay for your amazing, new pad! 

Be MORE methodical and purposeful than when you bought your first home!

This time around, you’ve got more to think about, plan, and “get right” then when you bought your first home.  If you'd like to bounce any ideas off me, please do!