Looking for a house isn’t an easy process. You want what you want. You like what you like. Finding a house to meet all your specific criteria takes time. That’s why it is a called a hunt! To help you make the most of your house hunting time, we offer this list of things to avoid!
Don’t call a number on a sign outside a house and go on your own. First, it’s unsafe. Second, you can end up looking at a bunch of properties that don’t meet your search criteria or price range, wasting your time. Third, it can make sellers think you are unrepresented and, thus, that they have the greater bargaining leverage from the get-go. Let your agent, Shane Ray, do the work for you.
Don’t cram house hunting into a tight timeframe. You don’t want to rush this process. You’re searching for a house, which is a major investment and it needs to feel like home. Plus, if you find one you really like, you might spend more time there to get a better feel for it. And, if find one you want to immediately write an offer on, it may take another hour or so.
Avoid taking separate cars. This way, you and your agent don’t get separated, no one gets lost, and you can spend the time between houses debriefing and providing feedback to help narrow your search and hone in on your new home.
Don’t wear lace-up shoes. Instead, slip-ons, flip flops, etc. are ideal. Many well-prepared homes will have new carpet, and often the listing agent will have posted a “please remove shoes” sign to help keep the flooring clean.
Don’t forget to look in drawers, cupboards and closets. If you like a home, you should open every door and cabinet drawer. You don’t want to miss whole rooms or large storage areas by not opening a door that you assumed went to a closet. Besides, you need to know how wide and deep the real closets are. If you really like a place, you should also open kitchen and bathroom drawers, cupboards and cabinets. You’re not being nosy, you’re gathering information. In many cases, sellers know that buyers will look and have taken time in advance of listing the home to tidy up all the storage areas.
Avoid the chit chat. Whether you have something positive or negative to say, keep it to yourself. You want to keep all conversations private between you and your agent to maximize your buying power. When you get in the car you can talk freely so your agent can learn your likes and dislikes.
Don’t think you can offend your Realtor. Part of searching for a home is weeding through a list of likes and dislikes. So, if you like it, that’s great. But if you hate anything about it, don’t hesitate to say so. Don’t be timid or polite and omit a criticism or concern you have. Doing so can result in you seeing more of the same, which is a waste of everybody’s time.
Got your slip-on shoes on and ready to see some houses? Call me at (719) 447-7915 and let’s get started!Questions? Contact Shane Ray Today!