Now that you’ve been pre-approved and know how much you can spend, it’s time to start looking for a home. However, if you don’t know what your “ideal” house looks like, your search will quickly come to a halt.
Before going into an open house or signing a deal with your real estate agent, make sure you’ve considered all these factors.
Understand your financial situation.
In a competitive market, getting your finances in order before looking for your ideal house may make all the difference. Setting a budget and determining how much financial wiggle space you have will help you see your must-haves more clearly. Consider the following questions:
- Do you have a mortgage pre-approval letter?
- What is the pricing range that you have in mind?
- How much money have you put aside for a down payment? What about maintenance in the future?
- Perform you want a turnkey home, or are you willing to do further renovations?
Think about your current way of life and how you want to live in the future.
You could have a vision of your ideal house, or you might not know where to begin when it comes to picturing your future home. Thinking about your necessities and non-negotiables in a place could be helpful. Start by thinking about where you now live – what are your favorite aspects of your house, and what do you need to change?
Select a place.
You can change the paint colors in your house to make it feel newer or construct an addition to enhance the square footage, but you can’t change the location of your house. It’s easy to get caught up in home characteristics while looking for one, but you should also consider the neighborhood.
Keep a record of your visit.
When it’s time to give your house a tour, compare the features to the features on your checklist. Do any of your must-haves need to be re-evaluated?
Get a sense of the place and think about anything you could have forgotten to include on your list. Remember that while paint may be redone and you can change arranged furniture, there are some things that you cannot change.