Buying your first home can be both exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time! It’s also a really big decision and one you should 100% prepare for.
I am going to share 3 of my best tips for how to buy a house you’ll love and as stress free as possible!
TIP #1: FIGURE OUT YOUR DEAL BREAKERS AND MUST HAVES BEFORE YOU START YOUR HOME SEARCH
1. Aside from the basics like location and number of bedrooms, think about the purpose of the home and the requirements for your lifestyle like storage space, backyard size, the layout, and how long you think you’ll live there (think: resale)!!!
2. Always remember the main reason you’re buying a new home in the first place and keep that in mind as you’re looking.
3. Make a list of the features that are non-negotiable and split them into must-haves and deal breakers.
It might not be possible to meet every single one, so circle your top 3 from there so you know what to focus on.
TIP #2: HIRE THE RIGHT BUYER’S AGENT - DO NOT WING THIS PROCESS ON YOUR OWN
You are investing a lot of money in your new home and it’s not something to do alone or unprepared.
1. A buyer’s agent is FREE to you and will help you navigate every step of the transaction. So how do you find the RIGHT one? Interview them!
2. It’s important that whoever you choose to work with fits well with your personality. You’re going to be spending A LOT of time with this person and you’ll want to feel comfortable with them, free to ask any questions you have, and most importantly that you trust them.
3. Choose someone who takes the time to have a future home buyer consultation with you. Whether that’s in person or via FaceTime - you’ll want to choose someone who will prepare you for every step of the process and who has the time to spend with you.
TIP #3: FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN CHANGE VS WHAT YOU CAN’T.
1. If having 3 bedrooms, a 3 car garage and a certain location is a MUST, make these a priority when looking at homes.
2. If you hate the paint colors or the carpeting, that can be changed in time. You cannot however, change the location, size of the yard or even the size of the home or garage (without renovations).
3. Figure out what is essential and go from there.
What is your biggest question or concern when it comes to buying a house? I’d love to hear from you. Contact me today!