Common House Hunting Mistakes When Looking for a New Home
Looking for a new home can be a daunting process, especially since many of the houses you see won’t be the home of your dreams. In order to get through the home search process efficiently and painlessly, you’d be wise to avoid some of these common house hunting mistakes.
- Don’t call a number on a sign and visit a house by yourself. For one reason, it’s unsafe. And second, you could waste a lot of time looking at several properties that don’t meet your search criteria or price range. It can also make sellers think they’ll have the upper hand when it comes to bargaining because you appear to be acting without the guidance of a real estate agent. Instead, hire a real estate agent and let them do their job. If you find an interesting property, call your agent and have them research the home to see if it fits your needs.
- Keep a couple of hours free after a house viewing. It’s important to take your time when looking at a house because when you find one you really like, you might want to spend more time there. And if you decide to make an offer on a new home, that will add another hour or so to the process.
- Avoid taking separate cars on your buyer’s tours. If you’re looking at several houses, sit in the real estate agent’s car so no one gets lost, and you can spend time between houses talking about what you liked and didn’t like with your agent, so he can narrow your search and find that perfect home.
- Don’t bring a large coffee on your home tour. You don’t want to have to make a pit stop at every house you see. Instead, plan ahead to stop in the middle of a tour for a snack and bathroom break.
- Don’t hesitate to look in drawers, cupboards and closets. When you find a house that looks promising, go ahead and check out the drawers, cupboards and closets to see if there would be enough space for your things after you move in.
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