Buying your first home is very exciting, but before you can purchase a property, you have to find the right one! At Coldwell Banker Preferred, Realtors® in Bakersfield, we’re here to help you find your first home. No matter where in Kern County you’re looking, we can provide you with a list of houses that fit your criteria. However, before you can narrow down your choices, you need to figure out what your criteria are!

Perhaps you’ve just gotten married, or maybe you’re moving out on your own for the first time. If you’ve been saving for a home, then there are some questions you should ask as you begin your search.

How Much Space Do You Need?

This question is often at the top of everybody’s list. It’s important to know how much space you and your family need. This pertains not only to the square footage of a house, but to the layout as well. A house might have 3,000 square feet, but there might not be enough bedrooms for the entire family. If you want a large kitchen or a big family room, then you’ll need to decide which house offers one or the other, or both.

Your living space should be comfortable and should fit your lifestyle as much as possible. When looking for your first home, it’s important to consider how you intend to spend your time in the house and whether you can sacrifice some square footage for a better floor plan.

How Long Do You Plan on Living There?

Your first home is exactly that — your first home. You don’t intend on it being your forever home, but you do intend on living there for several years. If you and your spouse are planning on starting a family, then your first home might need to be one that you can grow into for the next five to 10 years.

If a property you’re looking at won’t be big enough for you once you have one or two kids, then you may want to look at a house that’s a bit larger. If you foresee changing careers in the next few years, requiring you to move, then you might want to look for a home that’s a bit less expensive. A home is a long-term investment, and how long you plan on living there can be play a big role in which house you choose.

What Updates Will You Make?

When you purchase your first home, you might have grand ideas as to what updates you’ll make. You might plan on painting the bedrooms, taking out the wall between the kitchen and the dining room, and making major upgrades to the landscaping.

When looking at homes for sale, it’s important to keep these upgrades in mind. You might be looking for a home that needs some updates, and this can often help you keep your budget at a more manageable level. You may also find the perfect house that needs little to no upgrades, and you can move in and then decide what you’d like to change. After all, once the house is yours, you can do whatever you want!

Get Started Today

If you’re ready to start looking for your first home, then contact us today to get started. Our team of experienced Realtors® can provide everything you need when it comes to deciding where in Bakersfield you want to live, how much space you need, and how long you plan on living in your first home. When you have questions, we’ll be here to help every step of the way.

We look forward to hearing from you!