Columbus Buyer's Guide

What to Know About Buying a Home in Columbus and Surrounding AreasColumbus Buyer's Guide

Columbus is one of the best places to live for both young professionals and established families, with a hip and trendy vibe in the city and an abundance of family-friendly communities in the surrounding suburbs. Buying a house can be a daunting task, as one of the most significant investments you will make in your lifetime. We are here to help you find your ideal home, starting with a list of questions that will get your wheels turning.

Your ideal home will not be exactly the same as anyone else, so the best first step is to determine what your household's wish list entails. Once you know what you are looking for, we are here to help you find it in the Columbus area.

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To determine what earns a spot on your must-have list and your would-be-nice list, start by asking yourself  (and your partner, if applicable) some questions.

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1. How much space do we need?

The size of your home is one of the first factors you should determine. Consider how many bedrooms and bathrooms you would like to have, as well as what other space is important to you. Is having a home office a necessity? How about room for a home gym? Maybe you home school and want to have some dedicated space for that. If you have a large pet, you may want a home with a spacious yard. Would you like to have a dedicated guest space?

2. Do we like to entertain?

In addition to the bedrooms, bathrooms, and flex space in the home, take into account how much you plan to entertain. If you love to throw parties or host friends for dinner, make sure we know that you are in search of a home with ample outdoor and/or indoor entertaining space.

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3. What kind of neighborhood suits us best?

Columbus is an are with a diverse array of communities, where you will find something to suit every taste. To help decide what type of neighborhood is the best fit for you, consider these factors to see which are most important for your tastes and lifestyle:

  • Walkability
  • Historic charm
  • Community amenities
  • Bike friendly
  • Lot size
  • Age of the neighborhood

4. Are school districts an important factor?

If you have children, you may want to consider which school district the home is in. There are many excellent private school choices in the Columbus area as well, so consider whether your school district will be an essential factor in the home shopping process.

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5. What will my commute be?

Keep in mind that your commute may include more than just your drive to work. Even if you work from home, you may have regular commutes to school, the airport, or medical appointments. Take a moment to identify where you will need to be on a regular basis and decide how far from these locations you are comfortable living.

6. How much maintenance are we prepared to take on?

There are many beautiful historic homes in Columbus, as well as single family homes on spacious lots with mature trees. You will also find killer deals on fixer uppers. All of these might be perfect for some buyers, while representing major headaches for others. Before buying a home, consider how much maintenance you are prepared to take on. This includes yard work, expected repairs the home will need, and remodeling you will plan to complete.

7. How important are privacy and security?

If living in a private gated community is a priority to you, we can limit your options only to those with the utmost privacy and security. On the other hand, you may prefer a more social community with a bustling atmosphere. Consider the lifestyle you want to help narrow down your choices.

Are we pre-approved?

8. Are we pre-approved?

Finally, do you know your budget? It's easy to dream and look at potential homes, but without mortgage pre-approval you may be wasting your time. Speak with a lender to get pre-approval, which will help us know exactly what you can afford and make a timely offer when you find the one.

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To find out more about choosing the perfect home in Columbus, contact us any time! We are here to help.

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