The Home Shopping Process
As your real estate agent, my most important job is to make the home shopping process pleasant and rewarding for you.
I do that in a number of ways.
I regularly recommend properties for viewing that closely match your needs and wants, and are within your price range. That spares you the frustration of visiting homes that aren’t suitable. When a desirable property suddenly comes on the market, you’re alerted.
I help you schedule viewings that fit your schedule. Before you view a property, I provide you with details on the home, so you can make an informed decision. This includes closing timelines, market value, and more. Later, if you have questions, I get the answers for you.
I also give you the scoop on the neighborhood, so you get a clear sense of what an area is like in terms of lifestyle, safety, schools, etc.
When you find a property you like, I give you my honest, professional recommendation as to how well the home meets your needs and wants. As your real estate agent, I’m committed to getting you into the right home, and I’m with you every step of the way.
What to Look for when Viewing a Property
Here are a few questions and ideas to consider when viewing homes to help make the process easier and more productive:
- Does the home have your “needs” features (those features you must have)? (For example, number of bedrooms, closet space, kitchen size, etc.)
- Does the home have any of your “wants” features (those features you’d like to have but would be willing to forgo)? (For example, large backyard deck, spacious family room, etc.)
- What is the general condition of the home? (Are there signs that the owners have kept up with repairs and maintenance?)
- Will the home need any major repairs, remodeling or renovations? Is there anything, such as the furnace, that may need to be replaced soon?
- What do you like most about the home?
- Is there anything about the home you don’t like? Can that be changed with a remodeling or renovation now or in the future?
- Take a walk around the neighborhood. Are the homes well-kept, indicating pride of ownership?
- Do you like where the home is situated in the neighborhood?
- Does the neighborhood have what you want? (For example, access to public transit, shopping, local parks, etc.)
Viewing properties should never be a frustrating ordeal. It’s my job to help make the process easy and productive for you, so you can find the home you want.
When House hunting:
- Dress appropriately. The serious house hunter should have slip-on shoes that can be taken off easily and frequently. And layering clothes is a big help, especially when there’s no telling whether homes you’re touring will be heated or cooled.
- Bring tools. Don’t guess whether your king-sized bed or piano will fit, whip out the tape measure or use an app to measure. Many smartphones also have a flashlight feature – very helpful in dark basements.
- Consider everything. A lot of art is a lot of holes in the wall. Yes, they look great, but they will leave behind a lot of holes you will be patching when they move out. It’s not necessarily a deal-breaker, but it’s good to think about in advance.
- Remember your pet peeves. It’s easy to fall in love with a house if you’re desperate to find one, but remember to stick to your guns and your key must-haves.
- House hunters deserve treats. A sure way to stay cheerful during house hunting is to reward yourself afterward with a fortifying happy hour, a visit to a bakery or ice cream shop. It will make the prospect of next weekend’s house-hunting excursion that much nicer.
Ready to get started? Call or email and let me know more about the kind of home you’re looking for. Or, submit the form below and I’ll get back to you.