There are many factors that come together to make the perfect home. Layout and quality materials are two major features, but location and amenities are important as well. Some people are fine with a "standard" home while living in a great location with no services, while other people would like a decent home with a decent location and amazing services. A beautiful home is just the most obvious talking point, but if you don't want to stuck with bad experiences after the new home hype calms down, here are a details to keep in mind.
Calculating Travel Time To And From Work
For many people, housing options depend on the commute to work. Unless having a dream home is your own goal in life, continuing to work and being able to enjoy parts of your life not locked in traffic are important balancing points.
That said, many people make the wrong calculations when figuring out their commute. Although many maps make the commute easier, there are many issues such as regular road hazards or otherwise undesirable routes that can make the shortest path a terrible idea.
By all means, use Google Maps and other travel apps to get a general idea of how far your possible home is from work, but be sure to ask locals and do a test drive before buying. A future coworker may be able to give you one or two quick drives or at least give their opinion of the area.
Internet Isn't Just A Privilege Anymore
Being without internet is highly inconvenient, mostly because of the higher number of vital services that use internet as a major line of communications. If you have school-aged children, not having internet is a major educational handicap whether you're sending them to private schools, public schools, or especially homeschooling systems that are using the internet more often.
Finding good internet doesn't mean looking for a good, trusted company. Despite what many people think of businesses and company loyalty, an Internet Service Provider (ISP) is limited by the performance of local offices.
Your internet doesn't actually come from a big, central internet facility. It's the local switch offices and data centers that matter, and the reach of individual regional centers may not go past a single county or even two or three cities. You need to ask the local population about which ISPs are giving the best experience, or look for location-based reviews.
Moving from Seattle to Myrtle Beach and expecting an ISP to be the same is nothing more than a gamble, and you can avoid many of the unknowns by checking the local performance. You should also look for a home with multiple ISPs to have different options in case the first doesn't pan out.
Being able to shop around will give you multiple chances to get a decent connection, and you can usually save money by asking for discounts in exchange for not leaving for another ISP. Contact a real estate agent and discuss the features you need in your home to make your home buyer rebate go further.