No matter if you are a first-time home buyer or you have multiple home purchases under your belt, there’s a certain excitement that comes with looking at homes for sale. There is so much potential to make something new your own and a fresh start is always appealing. You won’t have an endless amount of time at each home showing so it is important to be focused and ready to get the most out of that time. When you know what you to look for in each home showing, you will save time, money, and find your dream home sooner!
Scan the neighborhood
As you drive to the home, be very intentional about the area surrounding the house. Where are restaurants and shopping? How far do you have to commute to work? How close are the district schools? Once you get into the neighborhood, it is important to look at the neighbors’ houses and the overall atmosphere. Are there school bus stops or playgrounds in the neighborhood? Loving the neighborhood is just as important as the actual house, so it is essential to know what to expect. At Location Williamson we can answer your questions about the area and tell you what you need to know about the neighborhood when you attend the home showing.
Use your imagination
Looking at a house you are interested in buying that is filled with another person’s belongings, or completely vacant, takes some imagination on your part. As much as possible, try to imagine your decorations and furniture in that house. Seeing past any odd furniture arrangements, bold paint colors, or outdated décor can really help you stay focused on seeing your potential in that house. Many times it is an easy fix to make a home more personalized to you. Our talented real estate agents are there to guide you and help you see your life in each home tour. Don’t miss out on an awesome house just because you don’t like how the current owner decorated it!
Know the costs
When you attend a home showing, you probably already know the listing price and it should be within your price range. It is also important to know what other monthly costs you will pay. This includes HOA fees and utility bills. If the house has vaulted ceilings and a large open floor plan, the electric bill will most likely be higher. Also if the house has other features, like a pool, you have to keep in mind the cost to maintain it. Let Location Williamson inform you of the costs that come with each specific house. We can help you find a house that you love and that is within your budget. Extra costs are not a deal breaker for a house, it’s just important to know upfront what else you will pay besides the mortgage before you get too emotionally invested in the house.
Recognize needed repairs
Fixer uppers are the trend nowadays and you can find a true gem that just needs facelift. You should know what you are getting into though. Look beyond just the cosmetic repairs at what condition the house is in when you tour. This involves checking out both the inside and outside of the house for issues that are very apparent. You will eventually receive a detailed list of issues to the house if you choose to get a home inspection. Paying extra attention to repairs needed while at the home showing will help for no surprises later and help you make the decision if you want to take on some of those repairs.
Think about the future
While no one can predict the future, it is important to think about what your life could look like 5 or 10 years from now when you buy a house. When you go to a showing and find it meet your needs currently, it is wise to also consider if it will meet your needs several years later. If the house makes for a further commute to work, are you willing to commit to that for a long period of time? Walking through a house showing with these ideas in mind helps you think more logically when considering the home. Location Williamson agents are experts in the home buyer process and we can help you make the best home decision for your family for now and the future.
Attending home showings is an exciting time! It is also a major financial decision, so you have to love the house as well as be sure it works for your family. Let Location Williamson walk through this exciting time with you. We can help you start the process with a no hassle, no obligation buyer consultation. Reach out online or give us a call at 615.469.1412.