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Finding a new home can be a challenge. You have a list of criteria—location, style, square footage, and amenities. In some cases, you might have to compromise on that wish list. We’ve gathered some tips on how to choose the right home for you and your family.

Weigh the home against the address.

Maybe you’ve pinpointed a neighborhood or area that you really like. The schools, the community’s amenities, the proximity to your job—they all fit well with your vision of the ideal place to live. But, are you having difficulty finding the what you want in you price range? Are you willing to settle for a less-than-ideal home in order to move into the area you love? Be sure you’re clear on which takes priority, if the decision must be made for one or the other.

Factor in the cost for perfection.

If you’re comparing new homes with resale, make sure you consider the costs of remodeling to make it your own. Remember, even seemingly minor remodeling projects can add up, so be sure to get an estimate before you make your decision.

Consider the upkeep.

The curb appeal is stunning, and one of the selling features of the home. Can you handle the landscaping maintenance? Will you need to hire someone to keep it looking as beautiful as the day you moved in?

A swimming pool is a wonderful feature for those hot days, but it will require regular maintenance throughout the summer, as well as some care during the non-swimming months.

Feel yourself at home.

As you walk through a house or browse photos online, can you picture living here? The right floor plan will be easy to imagine living in. Do you see your furniture fitting in well? Are you getting a clear vision of preparing meals in the kitchen, lounging in the family room, and even welcoming guests at the front door? Your new home should feel right to you, even before you’ve moved in your things. If a model home isn’t available to tour, make sure you do as much research as possible.

Purchasing a new home is a major decision. Be sure you make the right choice. A custom home is a great way to check all the items on your wish list. When you’re ready to make the move to a custom-built home in the Northern Virginia area, talk to us at Classic Homes.

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