Make Calculations Before Committing to a New Home in Maryland

    No matter what neighborhood in Maryland you are looking in, whether it be Canton, Perry Hall, Timonium, Ellicott City, or Annapolis it is ALWAYS better to be prudent and at least somewhat businesslike when it comes to making your final Real Estate decision.  The financial stakes are certainly very high, and to some extent, much of what your future lifestyle will be like will depend on making a good choice at this moment.

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    This is not to totally discount the emotional component that’s inevitably part of finding your new local home.  You do want your family to feel good about the final choice—you’ll be moving to the dwelling that will become everybody’s center of operations, a place where “life” truly will take place.  This should certainly be a major part of your decision.

    So if a specific home begins to convince you that this really is the place you’ve been hoping to find, it’s NOW the appropriate time to take a step back to do your most hard-headed, businesslike projection.

    IT’S TIME TO TRULY CRUNCH THE NUMBERS!

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    This is beyond the back-of-the-envelope kind of calculation (the one that may have originally guided the price range you gave to your Realtor).  This is the exact moment in time to take everything into account to see how well this new area home truly fits—on a number of counts.

    A new home’s true affordability begins with the banker’s basic price formula—purchase price, mortgage, insurance and taxes.  You should also contemplate the cost of having the property inspected and the closing costs (your Realtor® can give you a close estimate).  But that’s not the whole picture—a new home’s true affordability also incorporates the difference between your family’s current expense profile and any factors that will change it.

    For instance, if the square footage of the new home greater, you can expect that simple maintenance costs will rise proportionately (unless the new home’s condition is a good deal better than your current one).  Utility costs may rise, too, if the living space is greater—unless more efficient systems are in place.

    If the location will necessitate a change in driving distance or other transportation expenses, they should certainly be taken into account as well.  Does the new place have a significantly larger lawn or other landscaping features?  If you have a green thumb and enjoy getting that kind of outdoor exercise, that won’t have much effect.  If not, you’d better factor in a gardener’s bill.

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    There is one other element that’s  really easy to overlook, but accounting for it can eliminate the possibility that the whole move results in an unexpectedly depleted bank balance.  Most people who are moving into a terrific new home forget to fully account for the few changes they’ll need to make before the place is perfectly suited their family.  These could be minor, like changing out a light fixture that doesn’t fit the dining room table.  Or they could be major, like addressing wholesale décor clashes that call for choosing between repainting the walls—or reupholstering— or even purchasing new furniture!

    The true moral of the story is… “Your Dream Home Is Never The Home That Will Make You Poor”!  So step away from the emotion and make a well thought out financial decision before pulling the trigger on your next home.

    Helping you make sure your new area home is a comfortable match for your family’s needs is a large part of the service ExecuHome Realty provides all of its customers throughout the State of Maryland. Call us at 443-632-3800 and let us guide you through the process of buying and selling your home.  We can’t wait to help.

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