Spring and summer are the busiest times of the year for the real estate market. After all, the school year has ended, and family’s who are planning to relocate are hoping to move in to their new house before summer ends. If you’re one of those people who are currently in search for their dream property, then you came to the right place.
In this blog post, we have outlined some important tips that you can use during the house hunting process. Don’t go house shopping unprepared. Use the house hunting tips below to help you find your dream property.
Identify your housing needs
Ready to buy a house? Then you have probably come up with a list of features that you’d love to have in your new home. If not, then this would be the perfect time to identify your housing needs. Get input from all family members and write out everything you want in a home. What kind of house do you prefer? How much square footage? How many rooms? What are your must-have features? Which features are in your “wish” list?
It can be easy to get swept away by a house’s charming details. This is especially true if you’re touring multiple homes each weekend. Bring your list with you and use it as guide during the house hunting process. It will help you stay focused on your quest for a new house.
We know you’re eager to start looking at houses, but you can’t just dive into the house hunting process. A house is one of the biggest purchases you will ever make. There is no point in shopping for a house if you have no idea how much you can afford.
Rather than guessing how much you’re qualified to borrow, we recommend that you get pre-approved for a mortgage. This way, you can focus on properties that are within your budget. This eliminates the frustration of falling in love with a house, and then finding out later on that it’s out of your budget.
Short list properties
I know how much fun it is to visit dozens of properties in a weekend. Yes, it is fun, but you may find it extremely difficult to narrow down your options later on. Only visit homes that have the must-have features on your list.
After walking through a half dozen homes, the features of each house can begin to blur together. While touring each house, we highly recommend that you take note of features you want best in the house. If possible, take pictures of anything special you’d like to remember later. But don’t forget to ask permission from the agent or the owner first. By doing so, it will be easier for you to compare the properties and find the property that would best suit your needs.