Charlotte NC Real Estate Blog by Brittaney Mcmillan, Realtor

What to Consider Before Starting Your Home Search

What to Consider Before Starting Your Home Search

Why do you want to move in the first place?

It might sound like a funny question when you’ve already started looking for a new home, but getting to the bottom of your motivation for moving is important. Why you want to move helps determine what you want in a new home. 

What do you like about your current living situation and what do you want to change?

Just because you’re looking for a new home doesn’t mean you want to part with everything about your current one. Your present home is a helpful barometer when deciding on what you do and don't want in your next home. While the lack of closet space might be cramping your style (literally), you wouldn’t have known you can’t

What sort of outdoor space (if any) do you want?

Many homeowners spend much of their time at home outdoors. Think about what kind of yard you want, and more importantly, if you want one at all. Make sure you factor in time and expense for lawn care, landscaping, and deck and patio maintenance.

What are your must-haves in a new home?

One thing you should do early on is make a list of must-have features in a new home and community. If you’re shopping for more than just yourself, this might require a bit of compromise. A list of must-haves can be a great way to narrow down a long list of places to consider.

What monthly payment are you willing to make in order to get what you want?

Though it’s not as much fun as touring homes, the discussion of money is important and should happen early on. What you...

Tips to Save Energy and Add Value

When it comes to energy efficiency, look for smart features and expertise to help you save energy and money and add value to your home.

1. Begin with a Right-Sized Home.

If the home you buy is simply too large for you or your family’s needs or plans, you stand a good chance of wasting energy through excessive heating and cooling costs. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped and uncomfortable. It’s a big investment, so seek balance and buy it “right” from the outset. 

2. Purchase Energy Star Appliances Such as Your TV, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, and Microwave.

And especially the refrigerator, as it alone contributes about 10 percent of the energy use in a home. Also, unplug electronics not in use or turn off power strips to avoid phantom charges. 

3. Install Efficient Lighting Such as Compact Fluorescent (CLF) or LED Bulbs in Every Fixture.

Lighting accounts for about 6 percent of an energy bill each year.

4. Get an Energy Audit and Have Tests Performed to Identify Ways of Improving Your Efficiency.

You can always upgrade your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as your thermal envelope, which includes insulation, windows, and doors  and the seals or weather stripping around them. Visit for more tips.