Recommendations For A Successful Home Selection Process

Posted on: 14 October 2021

When the time is right to buy a home, you should have a good idea of what you want in a home and some areas in which you would like to live. But before you go out and make an offer on one of the first homes you see, be sure to consider all details of this decision to make an informed one. Here are some recommendations that you can use to help you make your home search and purchase a more successful process.

Manage Your Emotions

The process to find the right house is one that will include a wish list of the features that your dream home should have, and therefore you are going to be looking for a home that provides for your needs and wants. However, be careful that you don't fall in love with a house and you don't complete all your due diligence steps to inspect the home or think long-term for your life in the home. 

It is a good recommendation that you don't choose to make an offer on a home because you fall in love with the home before evaluating it carefully. Is it within your price range and is not going to stretch your budget so much that you don't have funds for home maintenance? Then, look at your future plans for the home and if you want to remain in the home for the next five, ten, or twenty years. What will your family household look like and will the home provide you enough space? Consider details, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms and if you plan to work from home and need a home office, for example.

Look at the home, its condition, size, location, and your plans for living in it either long term or short term so you consider your needs now and in a specific number of years. Also look at the home's equity growth potential and if you plan to make any renovations or repairs over the next few years to increase its value. This will affect your results if you choose to sell it later on.

Arrange an Inspection

In addition to making sure your emotions are focused on the right aspects of the search, you should also arrange for a professional inspection of the home you choose to buy. A home inspection will allow you to see inside the home in areas where there may be problems, damage, or issues that will cost you money to repair. The inspection will give you all the details you need to ask for any cash back at closing, a reduction in the purchase price, or for the seller to make the repairs before you close.

Look to arrange the inspection soon after you make an offer to purchase a home. Then you will have sufficient time to settle all the home inspection findings.

To get help finding a single-family home for sale, talk to a real estate agent, such as Debbie Durkee: RE/MAX T-town


Talking With Your Real Estate Agent About Your Needs

If you are on a budget, it can be frustrating to discuss your home needs with a real estate agent. You might find yourself stumbling over wants and needs, trying to figure out what you can get for your money. I found myself in that situation ten years ago when we bought our first home, and it was really frustrating. Fortunately, I had a real estate agent that really took the time to figure out what I wanted. After helping us to track down the home of our dreams, I decided to go into real estate for myself. I want to help other people to learn more about real estate.

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