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Out of Space? 5 Tricks for Finding a Larger Home

Updated on January 8, 2018

A growing family is a beautiful thing. Getting the chance to see your children grow and learn is truly one of a kind. An expanding family, however, can bring some of it's own challenges. Living in a small apartment is fine when you're children are small, but as they turn into teens and young adults you may find that you are feeling cramped. You know that you need a larger house, but the thought of purchasing a new home is quite daunting.

Daunting though it may be, it's not impossible. With a little forethought you can manage the search quickly and efficiently. Here are five tricks to house hunting that will help you out.

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Network

There is a saying that closed mouths don’t get fed. Such is especially true when it comes to home buying. The first step to take is to ask your family members and friends if they know anyone who has recently moved, or bought or sold a house. Anyone who has worked with a real estate agent recently may have leads that can help you get started on your own search.

If you're new to the area, and don't know anyone well yet then you should pursue friendships with individuals who know the area well and can suggest potential deals for your family.

Search Auction Websites

Auction websites are the ideal choice when you want to get an idea of pricing in your neighborhood and possibly score an excellent deal. Determining a reasonable price for similar homes in the same area is essential for both selling and buying a home. You will probably end up having the house appraised, and the appraiser will tell you exactly what value the home has, but spending some time doing some research of your own will help you know what to expect.

With a greater understanding of the norm in your area, you can ask informed questions when you get your appraisal back. To make use of websites like this you will need to create an account with them. If that's not something you would like to do you can also consider asking local real estate agents about the prices they've sold homes for in your area.

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Sift through the MLS

The Multiple Listing Service (MLS) is not just for real estate agents and brokers. You, too, can obtain access to some of the best deals in your region if you pay a small fee for subscription. Although some view the cost to access the MLS as too much, those who are serious about getting the best price for their larger home will see the amount as an investment. After all, if you're able to find your dream home for several thousand dollars less than what you expected to pay for it, that subscription fee will be more than worth it. If your budget is tight, you may instead consider working with a real estate agent who will already have access to this service. Working with an agent can make your house search much easier and simpler, and is an option you should consider.

Determine How Much Home Is Enough

You may be going for bigger, but you still want to show a bit of restraint. Many buyers believe the false notion of a more extensive home having immense value over its smaller counterparts in the area. The truth, however, is that housing appreciation works the same for all property in the region. Your large home is not going to garner anymore worth percentage-wise than the small house that looks just as grand as yours inside. So you might as well buy what you can truly afford.

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Solicit the Services of Professional Movers

The last thing you want to do is worry about packing after you have found the home of your dreams. You can rest assured that everything arrives safely and on time when you hire professional movers. Skilled movers can pack your belongings properly and transport them from one place to the next without harm.

You want the best for your family, which is why you are searching for something bigger and better. Use these steps, and don't settle for "adequate". Remember that hunting for the perfect house always takes time. If you're dedicated, however, you will be able to find the home of your dreams.

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