4 House-Hunting Tips You Haven’t Considered
Finding a house can be an exhilarating but stressful– especially if it’s the first time you’re in the market! Let’s take some of the stress out of the equation. Here are four easy things you can do to ensure to get the most out of your hunt:
Be a smart, savvy consumer. Do your research and be clear on what you’re looking for in a house. When you visit, take your notes along with you and see how the houses stack up. Take photos and notes while you’re in each house, too– that way you can better remember exactly what you saw and what you were thinking as you did your walk-through. Notes will also help you stay more objective during the search.
You may love the house, but do you love the neighbourhood, too? Take some time to drive by the house at different times of the day and night. If the community is one you can walk around easily, think about taking a stroll. Pay attention to the noise levels, the amount of people out and about, and the activities going on in the neighbourhood. Can you see your family being happy there?
Don’t Be a Perfectionist
You want your dream house to be, well, the house of your dreams! It can be easy to want everything to be perfect, but most new homeowners make small, superficial change to their houses. Don’t let wall colour or something else that you can easily fix deter you from an otherwise perfect house. You can paint rooms and change doorknobs, but you can’t change that this house has a beautiful river view or is right next to the local farmer’s market.
Don’t Shop Emotionally
It can be easy to fall in love with a house. Try your best to stay pragmatic and objective as you househunt. If you let your emotions rule, you might find yourself overlooking serious issues or overspending your budget because you’re not thinking clearly.
Of course, there are many more ways to make your search more efficient and pleasant. And we’ll be sharing more of our tips soon! What do you do when buying a house that makes you a better consumer?