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House fever is a real thing. Its symptoms include excitement, joy, and an overwhelming sense that there is a dream home waiting for you at the end of every cul-de-sac. 

The only antidote, which we’ve carefully developed over the last 40+ years, is to ask the right questions before getting too far down the home buying process. In our experience, these are the things to keep in mind as you get started:

1. Cost

It’s pretty basic, but it’s certainly the most important consideration for most homebuyers. Settle in on a cost range that works with your budget and start your home search inside that range (not above it). Working with a no-pressure real estate or construction company is critical if you’re trying to stick to a budget for your home purchase.

2. Features

What do you need and what do you want? This could include things like the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, proximity to schools or work, more specific requirements like a backyard space or a modern layout. This list will help you focus your search and make a more informed decision.

3. Neighborhood

Things like safety and  proximity to necessities like grocery stores, healthcare, and schools, can make or break your decision on a particular home you are evaluating. Given the choice between a great neighborhood and a great house, many homebuyers side with the neighborhood for good reason. 

4. Resale

Even if this is your “forever home”, it’s wise to consider its resale potential. A high-quality real estate agent or development team can help you understand the local real estate market and how property values might perform given past trends. A home that is likely to appreciate in value can be a good long-term investment.

5. Builder

We admit that we may be a little biased in this regard, but history has shown time and time again that quality built homes hold their value and save their owners money long-term. When shopping for something that is move-in ready, or if you’re looking to build something custom, choosing a builder with a track record in your area is critical if you want to avoid headaches and disaster.

Need help from a trusted builder with a proven track record of over 40 years? Kimberley Development offers home options that are unparalleled in Central Iowa. With the latest floorplans and fixtures across our entire portfolio, you are sure to find the move-in ready or custom home of your dreams with our team in your corner.

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