So you have decided to buy a house. You have secured your financing and your mind is made up. Great start, now comes the challenging part: the house search. Oftentimes when a potential buyer begins their search for a house, their original idea of what they want can easily become cloudy. They find themselves in a position surrounded by a vast array of options. This can be very confusing and make it difficult to narrow down ones' wants and needs. Opinions will be thrown from different directions so it is important for a buyer to be careful about which opinions may be accepted.
Buying a home is a huge investment and one that will serve you for years to come. However, a wrong decision on a house may lead to a huge financial loss and a buyer could end up putting more money into the home than what it is actually worth. It is important to stay focused on the features and details that are important to you while also staying focused on the value of the home you are considering. Do not let all the options overwhelm you or let the opinions of others get to you. House hunting can be fun and exciting as long as you stay on track. Here are 3 important tips that can help you during your home search:
1. Hire a dedicated, professional Realtor:
Focus on the words: professional and dedicated. Not all Realtors are the same so make sure you interview them and make sure they have a plan to help you. If you want to buy the house of your dreams and at an affordable price you will need to find a dedicated Realtor who will take time out for you and put in the effort to get the deal done. Remember that the house you have your eyes on will likely have other prospective buyers so it is extremely important that you have a Realtor who knows the market and can help you make an offer that the Seller will be inclined to take. Your Realtor can make or break your deal so make sure you take the time to find the right one. The professionals here at Spring Hill Realty are experienced in Williamson County and the surrounding areas and are capable of finding the right home for you and your family.
2. Stick to what you need!
While there may be many homes available to you, do not let options overwhelm and confuse you! Before you even start the house search you should have a list of all the essentials you require in your home. For example, if you have a small family and you only require a three bedroom home, do not begin looking at bigger homes that may stretch your budget. Similarly, you must understand that you will most likely not get every single feature that you are looking for. Let’s say for example that you want a house with a fireplace but you are shown a very beautiful house without a fireplace. If it has many of the other features you are looking for and is within your budget, this could be the home for you. Be aware that your budget need not only accommodate the sale but you should have also planned for the long term use of the house and any other improvements it may require. Communicate your needs clearly to your agent and stick to your needs.
3. Do not compromise on home inspection
As important as home inspection is, It is not unheard of for a buyer to skip this crucial part of buying a house. Many buyers may confuse looking over the home themselves with the formal inspection process. When you visit the house that you plan to buy, a notice is customarily given to the sellers who will “stage” or clean up the place and make it look good for you. You must insist on getting the home inspected properly and don't let the way things “look” over shadow the way things actually are (i.e. cracked foundation, previous water damage, etc.). Spending a little extra money on a home inspector before you buy the house could potentially help you save thousands of dollars in the long run.
Remember to always keep these important tips in mind when buying the house of your dreams and give the experts a call at Spring Hill Realty.