Buying a home is one of the most exhilarating and exciting events that happens in a lifetime! Your home buying process should be a fun, stress-free and seamless experience. While buying a home is a big decision, there are also lots of small decisions to make along the way to homeownership. To help you navigate the process, take a look at the suggestions below for avoiding some of the most common home buying mistakes.

Your Home Wish List

How large do you want your home? How many bedrooms and bathrooms?

An open floor plan? A rancher, two story or tri-level home?

Neighborhood

Before you buy, get the lay of the land. Be sure you know and love the neighborhood you are choosing! Know what school districts are in your neighborhood, how far the grocery stores are, how long the commute is to work. These are all factors that will play a role in your daily life, so it is important to make sure you are happy with your neighborhood.

Know Your Budget

It’s important to know your home budget before heading into the home buying process. It will help narrow down your home search. When you know your price point for potential homes, you will be able to look seriously and efficiently at the homes you choose to view. One of the best ways to know your home budget, is to get pre-approved by a reputable lender. This pre-approval will help you get a home that’s financially comfortable.

Have Fun!

Buying a home should be a fun and stress- free decision. When looking for homes, enjoy yourself. Take your time and look at each home as if it were your own, can you really imagine yourself living there? Take mental notes and keep a checklist. And most of all, have fun!