How to Choose the Right Home to Buy in San Diego
Buying a home is a huge step in life and requires heavy decision making. The Auker Group is here to help you through the home-buying process, as it can be quite confusing. There are many different factors that contribute to your home buying decision, and amongst these, includes the location you are moving to, the type of home, the price range and even the surrounding amenities in town. Find out which factors you should consider when choosing the right home to buy in San Diego.
House, Condo or Townhouse?
The first decision you should make before starting your house hunt is deciding if you want to live in a house, condo, or townhouse. You may wonder what the big differences between the three are and why you can’t consider them all. To start, houses for sale in San Diego are typically more expensive than condos or townhouses. In addition, houses have yards and more maintenance upkeep. On the upside, there is more room for remodeling. If you want to add a granny flat to your yard or even a treehouse, you have that ability.
Condos, on the flip side, are in a building and are attached. This means there is less room for renovation. You also need to consider that you will most likely share a wall with a neighbor and therefore be exposed to more noise and have less privacy. Some of the upsides of living in a condo include amenities in your building, living on a high floor with a view, and less home maintenance. Most condos do not have a yard and leave you unable to do any renovations.
Townhouses are the perfect combination of condos and houses. A townhouse is similar to a condo although it usually includes a yard, multiple levels, and a garage. The owner owns the yard and exterior of the building, unlike with a condo where you can’t do anything to the exterior of your home. In addition, townhouses are usually a little more expensive than condos, but provide more of a house feel.
Choosing between these three options comes down to whether or not you want a yard, privacy and the ability to do bigger renovations. Once you have picked your type of home, move on to find the neighborhood in San Diego that’s right for you.
Choosing a Neighborhood in San Diego
Picking a home to buy in San Diego may require extensive neighborhood research. There are so many fun and inviting neighborhoods to choose from like Downtown San Diego, North Park, Mission Hills and Point Loma. Choosing the right San Diego neighborhood for you is another huge decision. You might already have your eye on your dream neighborhood, but it’s important to have a few reserves on hand just in case you are unable to find what you’re looking for. Travel around San Diego, research schools and neighborhood crime, check out nearby shopping and restaurants, parks and anything that’s important to you. Make sure you visit the neighborhood at different times throughout the week so you can get a clear picture of what it’s like.
During your neighborhood research, you should also make note of any major developments being built in the area, like East Village in Downtown. New developments and change is a good sign that the neighborhood is going to be competitive in the future. This is important if you think you will want to sell your new home at some point in the distant or near future. Also consider your commute, whether or not homes hold value in the area, how quickly homes sell and if you think you will like it in 5 to 7 years.
After taking all of these aspects into consideration, you should be able to narrow down your ideal San Diego neighborhood to live in. If you need some guidance, we are all San Diego natives here to suggest neighborhoods that would suit your lifestyle, wants and needs. No matter how stressful it may be, we can help you find the perfect home to buy in San Diego.
Make a Home Wish List
Creating your home wish list consists of writing down everything you could possibly want in your new home and everything you absolutely need! This includes the size of the home, how many bedrooms, bathrooms, old or new homes, whether it has a swimming pool and garage and anything else you might possibly want. Your wishlist will help us narrow down the search for your ideal home. During this phase, we will also figure your budget out.
Start Searching Online & In Person
Once you decide which type of home you want and the neighborhood(s) you want to live in, it’s time to begin your house hunt! We will help you out on this side once you provide us with your wish list and price range. Whether you want us to find all of the potential listings for you or you want to do your own research on your end, we are here to help. If you find that your search is leading to few results, we may recommend similar neighborhoods or listings you might not have considered before.
While looking at homes in person, make sure you bring your wish list with you to check off everything you love and hate about the home. This will help you make your decision later if you find yourself leaning towards more than one home. Also feel free to take pictures and ask the opinions of others.
After exploring the open house or showing appointment, go out and sightsee the neighborhood and nearby attractions. This will help you get a feel for what it’s like to live there. If you happen to see a neighbor out in their yard, feel free to say hello and ask them how they like living there. It doesn’t hurt to test out your new potential home location before jumping in and making an offer.
Finding your dream home to buy in San Diego might take longer than you expect. With the current low inventory of real estate, more buyers are competing with one another to choose their dream home. Contact The Auker Group today to begin your house hunt for the perfect home to buy in San Diego. We are here to help you through every step; from making your wish list to helping you decide which home to write an offer letter for. Browse homes for sale here.