If you are interested in having a home that completely suits your needs, you may want to consider remodeling the home you buy. During the selection process, you will need to at least find a home that can be remodeled in the ways you want. The guide below walks you through a few things you should do during the process of buying and remodeling your home.
Get Preapproval for a Home Loan
The first thing you need to do is to get preapproval from a lender for your home loan. This allows you to know how much money you will be able to spend on a home and how much money you can use for remodeling the home.
Hire a Real Estate Agent
Next, you need to hire a real estate agent to show you homes for sale that would be a good fit for remodeling. Be sure to let the agent know how much you can spend on the home, what area you would like to live in, and how large of a yard you want your home to have. These are things that you cannot change after buying a home, so you want to be sure that your agent knows these essentials so they only show you homes that suit your needs. Also, as was briefly mentioned above, make sure the home can be remodeled in the specific ways you have in mind.
Hire a Remodeling Contractor
Once you have narrowed down the selection and found a home that may be a great fit for remodeling, hire a contractor to come and look at the home. Let him or her know what you would like to remodel in the home and get an estimate for how much the potential remodel would cost to have done. This allows you to know if the home and remodeling costs will fit into your budget or if you will need to continue looking for the perfect home.
If the contractor gives you an estimate that is within your budget, the real estate agent can help you with all of the paperwork that needs to be filled out in order for you to buy the home. Once you officially own the home, you can start remodeling the house right away. Be sure to let the homeowner's association for your neighborhood know that you will be remodeling the home so you can make sure that you comply with all codes of the association when remodeling the exterior of the home.