House hunting can be exciting but if you’re not prepared, it can be stressful.
It’s easy to get frustrated and overwhelmed when you’re looking for a home which is why it’s important to properly prepare in advance. Here are a few points to consider before you start your search:
- Finance Forward – Get pre-qualified so you know exactly how much you can afford as well as how much you’ll need for expenses such as legal fees and taxes.
- Know Your Needs – Make a list of the features your new home must have and features you would like to have. Think about how long you plan on living in the home and whether or not it has to be in move-in condition.
- Location, Location, Location – Determine whether the location of your home is more important than the home itself. Investigate different areas to determine what amenities are available as well as the location of schools.
- The Bold & the Beautiful – Don’t be put off by the orange shag carpet or floral wallpaper as they’re relatively easy fixes. On the other hand, don’t get distracted by an incredibly well staged home. The key is to visualize the home with your items in it.
- Old vs. New – Older homes have character and enjoy prime locations but they’re less efficient and require more maintenance. Newer homes on the other hand are designed with functionality in mind but they’re often in unestablished areas with ongoing construction.
Preparing yourself for house hunting will make the experience much more enjoyable so do your best to get everything in order. In the meantime, start getting yourself acquainted with the market so that when the perfect home comes along, you’ll be ready to act with confidence!