You’ve been searching for the perfect place to call home, and now you’re ready to take your search offline and tour some houses. Before you set off on your journey, here are some tips to keep in mind as you go house hunting.
Do Your Research Ahead of Time
Once you’ve narrowed down the places you want to visit, do a bit of research ahead of time. Check out what the neighborhood is like, look at pictures of the property online and google map the area. This will help you get an idea of what to expect when you visit. Also take a look at recent sale prices of homes in that area so that when it comes time to make an offer, you know what’s reasonable. I like to tell my clients to visit a local coffee shop and talk to the people in the area.
You never know how many homes you’ll be touring in one day – it could be just one or it could be five or more! To keep everything straight, bring along a notepad with details about each property so that when they start blending together after a while, you have something physical to reference. Have your realtor print out the feature sheets and make all the notes on the back if you don't want to use a notebook. Also jot down any questions or comments that come up during the tour so that when it comes time for additional conversations with the real estate agent or seller, nothing slips through the cracks.
Bring Along an Expert or Friend
If possible, bring along someone who knows their way around houses – whether that’s a real estate agent like myself (Erin Price Emery), family member or friend who has bought a few homes before. Having someone knowledgeable by your side can give you peace of mind as well as provide valuable advice on things like potential repairs and remodeling projects that need to be done. It’s also nice to have someone else there who can ask questions that might not occur to someone new to buying real estate.
My Final thoughts
Touring homes can be overwhelming but if you follow these tips, it doesn't have to be! With the right approach and support system in place, finding your dream home will feel like an adventure rather than a daunting task. So happy house hunting! Find your next home with Listitvancouver.com
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