Shopping for your first home is always so exciting. You start out with a list of must haves, a price point, and a map showing the areas you are interested in living.
There are things you should do before you even begin to come up with your list. If you have kids, take a look at the schools, parks, activities offered in the community. You want to make sure that you are moving to a community that has plenty to offer to keep your kids happy.
No kids? Then you might not want to move to an area that is made up of young families. There is definitely something for everyone out there but you have to do your research!
When I went shopping for my first home I had three young children in tow. My youngest was at a stage where she cried non-stop for what seemed like 24 hours a day. You might want to find someone to look after your kids while you are house hunting.
What does your dream house include? Mine had to have a porch, a fireplace, a large kitchen, dining room, 3 bedrooms and a yard. After looking at dozens of houses the only item I gave up on was the fireplace.
Once I found my dream home I waived the inspection because I was anxious to move the process along. DON'T DO THIS! The house turned out to have a leaking roof, corroded plumbing and illegal and unsafe gas hook-ups.
Now don't get me wrong. I loved the home I bought, but my waiving the inspection ended up costing me a lot of money. Don't make the same mistake!
I have a friend currently looking for Kansas City Homes and I have passed on all my wisdom to her and you!