What to look for when buying your home.

What to Look for when Buying a Home

While a house can be a great financial investment, make sure you can see yourself enjoying your life there.

Does the house look and feel like home?

Your impression of a house is important. As you walk up to the front door, opening it, ask yourself, “Could this really be home for me?” This is an important factor, one you should not ignore. Remember that you are looking for a place to live for quite some time.
Ignore the furnishings and the taste of the current owner. Go beyond that and look at the layout of the house, its shape and the position of the house in relation to the street. Are the ceilings too low for you? Are you too close to the street?
You might also simply feel uncomfortable when you walk in the door. Perhaps you can’t put your finger on why but you aren’t happy. Trust your instincts.

Does the house have the space you need?

Figure out how many bedrooms and bathrooms you really need. Depending on the size of your family, there are a certain number of bedrooms and bathrooms necessary for comfortable living. For instance, do you really want to share a single bathroom with your spouse and three children?
Try to picture the routine of your family as it would fit into this house. If you have children, do they have a place to play? If you like to garden, is there a spot in the yard suitable for your needs?
Some families like to hang out in the kitchen while meals are being prepared. If this is your family tradition, is this home’s kitchen big enough for that?
Will your family change in the future? If you’re planning to have more children, consider their space requirements now. Take a look at the house with the future in mind. Will it continue to serve your needs, or will it become too small or too big? You’re better off not buying a house that will need major remodeling in the future.

Will your furniture fit?

In most cases you will want to move in furniture you already own. Will you be able to put your favorite couch in the living room and the dining set in the dining room? If you own a king-size mattress, will it crowd the room making movement nearly impossible?
If you’re moving from an apartment or home that is much smaller, your current furniture might not be right for your new home. You may need to buy new things.

Does the house have important features you need?

In addition to the usual requirements, your family has unique needs. If you have children, you probably want a fenced-in yard. If physical fitness is a priority, a pool or special workout room may be a necessity. Evaluate the house in terms of your daily routine.

Is it close enough to work?

When people fall in love with a home they often forget about the commute times to their work and other family activities. Find out how long the drive times will be and make sure you’re comfortable with them.

Looking for a new home??

Are you looking to buy a new home?

If you are looking to purchase a home in the Denver, Colorado area, you might want to look into buying a home in Lone Tree or Highlands Ranch(HR). An astonishing 97% of the residents would recommend living here, and there are a variety of reasons why residents love their community so much.

-small town With BIG CITY Opportunities
With roughly 11,400 residents in Lone Tree and 96,000 in HR there is a small town feel allowing you to get the benefits of a smaller communities. Despite the small town feel, Lone Tree and HR have many business opportunities. Lone Tree is home to Sky Ridge Medical Center, the first hospital in Douglas County and a hospital noted for using the latest technology. Also Lucent Technologies was one of the first major corporations to move to HR and still calls it home today. Lone Tree and HR are filled with career opportunities from finding your dream job to prospering your dreams and creating your new business idea with success. With Denver only roughly half an hour away and the Rocky Mountains nearby as well, big city excitement and entertainment or quiet, scenic, mountain air is what you need you are just moments away.

-Shopping and Dining
When you are ready to go shopping there a many places to choose from. Park Meadows is a state of the art shopping center with over 150 stores in and around the area. You are sure to find what you are looking for. Don’t forget to get over to the new giant Ikea store across from park meadows as well. But maybe you want some outdoor shopping, then head 15 min south on I-25 and visit the Castle Rock outlets. With these great prices you will have a fabulous shopping experience. Lone Tree and HR have amazing dining cuisine from around the worlds a well. Some restaurants include PF Changs, The Cheesecake Factory, Yard House, White Chocolate Grill, Red Robbin, Champs, and many others to satisfy your palate.

– Indoor and outdoor
Lone Tree and HR have an assortment of parks and trails for the outdoor enthusiast. Lone Tree also has SkyVenture Colorado, an indoor skydiving facility catering to people of all ages who don’t want a splat at the end to be a factor. The Lone Tree and HR Recreational Centers provide residents with indoor/outdoor pools, water slides, indoor tracks, indoor/outdoor tennis courts and many other amenities that supply recreational fun for the whole year. If golfing is your thing you can find many challenging courses throughout, and the Castle Pines senior PGA course isn’t far away either.

-Enjoy the Arts
The Lone Tree Arts Center provides the community with tickets to a variety of shows including musical performances, dancing, and plays. HR has new events weekly, from farmers markets to wine 101 and a movie, and also the summer concert series. Check in with the calendar and see what’s going on this week. While some performances cost money, there are also free ones for the communities too. Lone Tree and HR also have many other opportunities for community members to enjoy the arts. With wonderful libraries, large movie theaters and the Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra, these are communities that really have a passion for the arts.

If you are interested in looking into moving to Lone Tree, Highlands Ranch or any of the surrounding areas, I would be honored to serve you in your search to find the perfect place to live. Contact me so we can get started on finding your new home.