Start by thinking about your situation. Are you ready to buy a home? How much can you afford in a monthly mortgage payment? How much space do you need? What areas of town do you like? After you answer these questions, make a "To Do" list and start doing casual research. Talk to friends and family, drive through neighborhoods, and look in the "Homes" section of the newspaper.
If you have the time: Turn off water, gas and electricity before leaving. Post a note telling when you left and where you are going. Don’t forget about your pets and be sure to lock your home.