Buying a house is a big deal. Whether you are a first-time buyer or you have been purchasing homes for years, avoiding mistakes that could lose your dream home is important. As you know, house hunting is a long process that has tons of ups and downs. Deals fall through and problems crop up like so many weeds, but when you do finally sign that last line, it feels amazing. This article will help you avoid many of the pitfalls that can ruin your chances of getting the home you would like.
Just like on Craigslist, you should never grab the phone, call the first number you come across, and see a potential home. This is unsafe as you don’t know who will be there. It’s important to always bring someone with you in case you need support if things aren’t what they seem once you arrive.
GO THROUGH YOUR REALTOR
First, you should have a realtor if you are searching for a home. While you can go it alone, having a realtor gives you credibility and shows that you are serious about moving into the real estate market. Those who are not represented may be victims to sellers upping the price because they have the bargaining leverage. In addition, a realtor can do all of the research for you. He or she can research different properties that match all of your criteria and weed out any that do not fit your budget, number of bedrooms, or other amenities.
If you do see a property that sparks your interest, contact your realtor and tell them the address and phone number that is tied to the property. They may have not told you of this property if it did not fully match your criteria. If it does meet your every dream, your realtor can take you to the home when the owner is not there so you can explore it in peace.
LEAVE A LOT OF TIME TO BROWSE THE HOME
When house hunting, it is best to clear your day. It can take a long time to get a feel for the home. You may want to browse slowly, trying all of the doorknobs and light switches (if that’s your kind of thing). Savoring your potential home and drive time can lead to a lot of time spent searching for your future residence. Also, time-wise, it is great to factor in putting in an offer if you hit on a property that strikes all of the right chords. Often, offers can take a lot of time.
DRIVE WITH YOUR REALTOR
Rather than riding by yourself when going on a buying tour, you should ride with your realtor. This will save a lot of time when you see a property that may fit your needs. This can prevent the two of you from getting lost, having to look for each other, and you can easily update your realtor with any changes that may occur to you.
WATCH WHAT YOU EAT
Before visiting homes, you should make sure to eat healthily so you do not have to do unsavory activities in the bathroom. For one, the owners may not have vacated the premises, but if they did, the bathroom may not have toilet paper. This can leave you in an unpleasant predicament if you have eaten poorly and need to empty your bowels.
So, you may want to avoid coffee because the milk and sumptuous roasted beans can lead to difficult gut results that may be embarrassing. Before starting your buying tour, plan a snack and bathroom break so you can keep searching for houses throughout the day. A great option during your buying tour is to pack a water bottle.
SKIP SHOES THAT HAVE LACES
You may have to do a lot of walking through these homes, but avoiding sneakers is a good idea. Many owners have specially cleaned carpets or new carpet and having to unlace your shoes during each house will use precious time. Slip-on shoes, flip-flops or similar types are recommended as they are easy to remove and can still provide comfortable walking. While some agents may provide paper booties in homes, these can be slippery. If you do not want to walk barefoot in potential homes, add socks to your slip-on shoes.
LOOK EVERYWHERE WHEN VISITING YOUR POTENTIAL HOME
If you are not keen on a property, you don’t have to look through its cupboard, closets, or other nooks and crannies. But if you are somewhat interested, then you will want to look everywhere. Other people who are searching for homes have skipped entire rooms or storage spaces because they lacked curiosity. Seeing how large closets or rooms are is important to getting to know your new home. This isn’t an invasion of the owner’s privacy as they will have prepared these tiny areas before your arrival. You need to be as informed as possible when considering your potential home.
USE KIND WORDS — EVEN IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE PLACE
Remain polite and kind even if the place doesn’t capture your attention. Sellers may not go far when you are browsing their home as they are extremely interested in your decision. When you talk badly about their home, this may make securing the home difficult if you end up in a multiple offer scenario. The seller will remember your comments and they may choose someone else. Often, sellers do not understand that when you are more interested in a property you may be pickier as you figure out how much work the home may need. If you do not like a home, wait until you and your realtor are in the car.
TALK OPENLY WITH YOUR REALTOR
The owner’s home is not your realtor’s, so you can be completely honest when the two of you are alone. Be negative or positive so your realtor can find the home you truly want.