• Arthur Panagopoulos

Often Missed Home Buying Considerations

When we begin looking for a home in Dutchess county NY, we often get wrapped up in the important details like style, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and square footage.

But we do not always consider the quality-of-life issues that may impact our ability to enjoy the home. Here are some other things you should keep in mind:

Transportation is an important consideration that is often overlooked in Dutchess county. Consider traffic jams in Poughkeepsie and gas prices on Route 9 in Wappingers Falls, and access public transportation options of the MTA Hudson or the Amtrak lines in Poughkeepsie and in Beacon on the west part of the county or the MTA Harlem Line in Pawling, Dover Plains, Amenia on the eastern part of the county and commute times from the Taconic parkway, Route 22 in Wingdale, Route 55 in Lagrangeville or Route 9 through Poughkeepsie and Hyde Park.

Public safety has loomed larger as a factor in our quality of life.

Proximity to police, fire and emergency medical services has become more important.

The Dutchess county cities of Poughkeepsie and Beacon have their own Police station, along with the towns of Poughkeepsie, East Fishkill, Fishkill, Hyde Park and Pine Plains plus the villages of Fishkill, Millbrook, Millerton, Rhinebeck and Wappingers Falls. The rest of the county relies on the Dutchess county Sheriff’s office with substations throughout Dutchess county and the New York State Troopers

Off-street parking is a factor in many areas particularly in Poughkeepsie and Beacon. Is there a garage? How many cars will it hold? ls there parking available when you have guests or entertain?

Recreational facilities in Dutchess county such as playgrounds, parks, and pools are important to many people. Are they nearby? Is there a fee for these amenities?

Be realistic. There are no perfect homes. Decide what is most important to

you, and make sure you find a home that has the essential features that you require. Be prepared to compromise on some of the items on your wish list.

Buying a home is much more permanent than renting. Purchase a home that you are prepared to keep for a while. Select a home that will be reasonable to maintain, in terms of both utilities and repairs.

These are just a few of the things to think about as you choose a new home in Dutchess county. When you are ready to purchase a home, I'll be happy to answer any questions about the area and help you find a house that truly feels like a home to you.