That’s great that you have some time to prepare for your big purchase! There are a few things you can do now that can better facilitate your home purchase when you are ready.
1. If you haven’t already, start narrowing down the neighborhoods and areas that you are interested in living. If you have school-aged children, review schools in those areas to determine what would be the best fit for your family.
2. Start looking online at houses currently for sale to get a better idea of what you are looking for in a house and typically what the cost is for those types of properties.
3. If you don’t have much money in savings, continue to save what you can to help with moving and various upfront costs needed for buying a home (i.e. inspections, earnest payments, etc.)
4. If you are planning to sell a home in conjunction with buying a home, you can begin to declutter your home. Start donating items and packing things away. Not only will you better prepare your home to be on the market to get top dollar, but you will be further along in packing everything up to move into your new home!