It’s easy for homebuyers to get frustrated when things don’t go their way so it’s important to start off with a solid plan and a positive mindset.
Here are a few points to consider before you head out hunting for homes:
Get pre-qualified for a mortgage so you’ll know exactly how much you can afford to spend. It’s important to also set aside money for closing costs such as legal fees and tax adjustments.
Know Your Needs
Make a list of the features your new home must have such as a double driveway and then a separate list of features you’d like to have such as an ensuite bath or walk-in closet.
Think about how long you plan on living in the home and whether or not it has to be in move-in condition or close to schools, transit, shopping, etc.
Keep An Open Mind
In this market, you’ll need to be flexible so when you start your search, try to keep an open mind. When you’ve explored all your options, you’ll be able to narrow things down and focus on your goal!
Location, Location, Location
Determine whether the location of your home is more important than the home itself. You can always update the home but you’ll never be able to update its location.
The Bold & Beautiful
Don’t be put off by the green shag carpet or floral wallpaper as they’re easy to replace. On the other hand, don’t get “taken in” by a well-staged home with expensive furniture.
Ready, Set, Go!
Homes can sell quickly, so when you finally find the perfect home, it’s important to act in a very decisive manner so that you don’t end up with regrets.
Looking at homes should be fun but properly preparing yourself before you head out on your house-hunting journey will make your experience much more enjoyable so do your best to get everything sorted out in advance.