Maybe you’ve outgrown your current home, maybe you’re ready to downsize, or maybe you’re moving to a new area. Whatever the reason, you are in the market for a new home and want to make sure you make the right decision before submitting an offer. Here’s a list of a few things to avoid while house hunting.
Calling the number on the sign yourself. If it’s a property I haven’t sent you, it might not meet your criteria. Instead, call me and inquire about the property. If it does indeed fit your search criteria, I can schedule a showing of the property. Let me work for you! It’s also safer and you’ll demonstrate to the seller that you have proper representation should negotiations happen down the line.
Making plans after a showing. If you find a property you love, you want to make sure you allow enough time to take it all in, think about any questions you may have, or even write an offer. The last thing you want to do is feel rushed about such an important decision!
Making major changes that involve your finances. This includes buying a car, quitting your job or closing any accounts. Don’t risk not getting approved for a mortgage!
Wearing shoes with laces. Not the end of the world if you do, but if you have a big list of houses that you’ll be touring, slip on shoes can be much more convenient. Homes often have new flooring and listing agents will ask that shoes be removed. It’s also a good idea to bring socks!
Being Shy. No, it’s not your home, but it could be. Don’t be afraid to open drawers, open closet doors and get a detailed look of the home.
Worry about offending me. This is your future home. I do my best to find homes that best represent your needs and lifestyle but without feedback from you, I can’t be as helpful. Never hesitate to tell me what you like or don’t like about a home.
Not distinguishing your wants and needs. If you have a large family, you may need a certain number of bedrooms. You may also really want white cabinets but that’s something that can be switched out. When you think about what you want in a new home, be sure that you give extra weight to your “needs” and be prepared that you may need to sacrifice some of your “wants”.
If you are thinking that now may be the time to start house hunting, reach out at (317) 908-2599 or firstname.lastname@example.org!