Searching for your dream home can be overwhelming – especially as a first-time buyer!
There’s a whole lot to think about and probably a lot you won’t know. The uncertainty can make the whole journey feel more stressful than it needs to be. We can help with that! Here are a few tips to help you house-hunt with less stress and more excitement.
Pick the Area First
Choosing a location and then house hunting within that area is the safest way to do things – otherwise, you might find homes you love in neighbourhoods you don’t and start feeling torn.
Check out states and cities you love and that align with your needs and ideal lifestyle. Florida real estate is popular amongst older couples seeking quiet, but the area is enjoyed just as much by young, growing families.
Get A Great Realtor
Many people try to take this journey on their own and while it may work out fine for some, working with a professional can make everything a whole lot easier. However, pay close attention when you’re choosing a realtor to help you through the process.
Working with someone you trust and feel comfortable with is important – you’ll have a lot of questions and this is a major decision.
Figure Out Your Budget
Make sure you know what you’re able to spend on a home before you even start looking. Be clear about your budget with your realtor and try not to compromise on it – this includes what you’re willing to spend on renovations and repairs.
You could consider taking out a loan for home improvement if there are changes you’d like to make to a house you really like, but remember that these payments will add up.
Look Past the Clutter
When viewing a home – especially one that still has other people living in it – it can be tough to look past their decorating choices and the clutter that might be in their space. But you shouldn’t let this interfere with your perception of the house!
Instead, try to envision your own furniture and décor in that space, or better yet, imagine your dream home design trends and how they would fit into the house you’re viewing.
View It Twice
When you find something you really love and that gives you that warm fuzzy feeling, make sure to go back and view it a second (and even a third) time, with a clear head.
On the second viewing, bring along some friends or family members to get their opinions on the house, and go in with a critical eye, looking out for damage or other issues.
Finally, accept that this is a journey that may take some time. Rushing the process and putting in an offer for the first home that seems “good enough” will probably have you feeling disappointed.
Instead, buckle up for a long ride and wait however long it takes for the perfect property to come into your life.