{Advice} Tips on Purchasing your Newlywed Dream Home

Hello all! We've been quite busy fulfilling wedding orders the past weeks, we've fallen behind on keeping you posted on what's savvy in the wedding world. Today we are discussing "post wedding adventures", where your happily ever after will take place, your "new" home together. A lot more planning is in store, and not just for one big day, but your lives as a single unit, a family, even a family of two, it's your family's new home. This is what it's all about. Not centerpieces, gowns, but comfort, your wishes, and still a color palette is in the mix, but it's not for one day, it's for every day.  

Many couples plan to join households just before or right after their wedding. Sometimes its living in an apartment, renting a condo, and most often buying a house together.  We had some great tips shared with us from Elizabeth Dodson, co-founder of HomeZada, that we thought to pass along to you! We hope you find this helpful if you and your new spouse are in the search for your newlywed haven. 

There are some obvious things to consider when buying a house like price, size and room quantities to support your family. However, some other considerations come to mind that may not always be top of mind when considering a new home.

Work Commute

Spending time with your family is often overlooked when you need to manage your commute to work. Whether you are close to the office or far, this could impact the available time left to spend with your family. If you have a short commute you can make it home for dinner or attend your children’s after school events. Long work commutes can also create undue stress that might result in frustration in you arrive at the office or arrive back at home that evening.

School Districts

If you have children or are planning on having children, knowing which school districts your children will attend and the caliber of those schools can make a difference in the overall education and influences in your child’s life. Gathering detailed information about the schools both public and private in your potential new area will help develop a strategy on how you want your children educated.

Neighborhood Surroundings

Take a look at the neighborhood and where you would go to the grocery store or are their farmer’s markets. Is your home close to services like religious services, dry cleaning, nail saloons, workout facilities, physician’s offices and more. If you like to play a more active role in your community, these types of services can become outlets to making new friends and learning more about your neighborhood. When considering your neighborhood, also review the entertainment facilities like movie theatres, outdoor venues, restaurants and parks. These types of facilities might be important to you when moving to a new community.

Best Time to Buy

You may be more flexible when buying a new home or you might be in a position where a job promotion or relocation is crucial to your moving date. However, most times, you have the ability to manage your move date. Take in to consideration your children’s school year, weather conditions … too much snow can make it challenging to move, your job and its projects, your ability to get your belongings packed and organized.


Many people think that windows do not have that big an impact on buying a home. However, a home with a lot of windows in a sunny location needs coverings or blinds to help manage the sun and therefore the heat inside your home. Single pane windows are older windows which can cause challenges in cold and warm areas forcing your HVAC units to work harder during extreme weather conditions. Moving into a home with single pane windows might force you to consider replacing the windows which can be a large expense.

Review the Home During Different Times During the Day

A home has a different appearance during different times of the day. Morning sun might illuminate in a particular part of the home that may be a wonderful advantage or one that causes a lot of heat in a very popular room for the family. Evening sun can have a similar effect. Where the light hits the home during different parts of the day could impact your comfort in your home.

Each of these considerations are easy to add to your list of considerations when buying a home and can help you get the home you will love.

Did any of this article help you in your upcoming home search? Were there things mentioned you had already considered, or will now consider? Please share your intake, we love to hear comments on our articles!

I highly agree with viewing the home at different times throughout the day. Also neighborhood surroundings...proximity to schools, easy access to freeway/highway, stores, gas stations, restaurants nearby, etc. When searching for your home, drive around the area, get the feel for how neighbors upkeep their lawns, especially for design layout, and look to see if neighbors stand out on the sidewalk or driveways chatting it up.

All of the suggestions here are great take-aways in my book, especially for first time home buyers. Be savvy in your new home search, whether it is a resale, or to be built. And, if a new build, know that your home will not look like the model...as I've learned, unless you purchase the model.

When all is said and done, welcome to your newlywed dream home, Mr. & Mrs.! Display your wedding memories, your together memories, and if family is following suit, your home is now ready for the next chapter!

Our many thanks for the tips, submitted by Elizabeth Dodson, co-founder of HomeZada!