Whether this is your first home purchase, second, or 10th, there may have been some things that no one ever told you about buying a house. Today you’re in luck though because we’re here to provide 5 homebuying tips that we hope you’ll share with others!
1. Focus on the things you can’t change
We can easily get distracted by an ugly bathroom, outdated light fixtures, or walls with all kinds of funky paint colors and overlook a home that has great potential. Cosmetic changes can easily be made once you are moved in, and pointing out these dated features could actually help you in the bidding process. What you should be focusing on are the things you cannot change such as the layout of the property, ceiling height, outdoor space, location, or the amount of sunlight each room gets.
2. The house you fall in love with isn’t necessarily the house you should buy
When you are buying a home it’s easy to get distracted by a beautiful home that you absolutely love, unfortunately, this might not be the best choice for you. It is important to list all of the non-negotiable house requirements before house hunting so you are not distracted by the house’s current condition. If a house meets all of these requirements, you can work on making it aesthetically pleasing by making minor upgrades after you move in.
3. You should talk to your future neighbors
It is always a good idea to speak to the neighbors to see if there are any problems in the neighborhood or with that house in particular. It is also a good idea to visit the neighborhood during different times of the day to get a better feel for what it’s like to live there on a daily basis. Is it loud in the mornings? Is it crowded with people all the time? Is there a lot of traffic around the area? Are cars always honking?
4. Hiring a good inspector can save you a lot of money in the future
Having a seasoned inspector examine your potential home can be helpful when it comes to finding issues that you would have otherwise missed yourself. They have the experience to foresee potential issues, comment on current issues, and advise you towards making the best possible choices.
5. Working with an experienced agent can make the process so much smoother
While looking through online listings and doing your own research is a great place to start when you are searching for a home, an experienced agent from CMK can be a valuable asset. Not only can they help you navigate the confusing home buying process since they have done it several times before, but they can also search similar homes, advise you on your opening offer, and negotiate on your behalf.