1. Make A List: Must Haves vs Nice To Have
Other things to consider when making your list is
- distance from your job
- school ratings,
- and distance from interstate and major highways if used frequently.
2. New Build vs Established Neighborhood vs Fixer-Upper
the one that needs to be completely gutted and finished before moving in, and
the one that is practically move-in ready, but needs some updating to suit your taste.
3. Set Your Budget
any current bills/debt that you now have,
utilities for the new home, and
any other expenses that you pay on a regular basis (i.e. gas for your car, groceries, Netflix, etc.).