How are my mamas to be holding up?? Do you find yourself #nesting? I know I sure have been! I’ve pretty much organized my house inside and out. And have wanted to move pretty much every other day loI. I know many mamas are feeling the need to move to prepare for the new member of the family.
The instinct to nest is understandable, the truth is though that babies don’t need much space and they don’t care whether they live in a house, condo, or apartment. So take it slow speak to professionals that just don’t want to make a commission check but care about your financial and emotional well being. Some times it’s the right time to move and sometimes waiting allows you to see what is truly in your budget once you become a parent.
You will have less flexibility if you’re locked into a mortgage that’s too high. Be patient. It’ll pay off! If you settle on a home just because you’re expecting, you may make a decision you’ll regret.
The following tips of advice will help you make a sound move:
Don’t Rush To Buy- although the need to nest is undeniable makes sure you are ready and not settling.
Speak With A Mortgage Advisor- speaking with a knowledgeable loan officer openly and honestly can help you determine your affordability.
Consider Location- To get a feel for the vibe of a potential area, drive around at different times of the day (like on a weekday when school is out and on a Sunday afternoon) to see if families are outside playing in their yard. Consider school district even if you don’t plan on making it your forever home, the reality is you just never know.
Imagine Living There With Your Family- Think about how you’re going to use the space as a family. Homes with first-floor master bedrooms are popular, but they’re not ideal if you have young kids and have to run upstairs in the middle of the night. You might think you want a formal dining room, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve shown a house where it’s been turned into a playroom by a young family. The ability to keep an eye on the baby while you’re in the kitchen or living room ends up being more important than dinner parties. Be wary of open floor plans too. People get sold on the airiness but don’t consider how tricky it will be to gate off.
Inspect The Property Carefully- If you do make an offer, don’t let your love of the house distract you from the reality of certain problems. Hire a good inspector to test for lead, especially if the home was built before 1978. Lead exposure can cause serious health problems, particularly in young kids. The inspector should also rule out radon and check for termites. To find out how well a home has been cared for, make sure the roof, electrical system, and exterior are examined. If problems are found, hire a contractor to estimate costs for repairs.
Call me to discuss your financial and real estate needs!! Together we can find out if you are ready for the move or prepare you for the move in the near future.