First Time Home Buyers: 3 Essential Tips That You Won’t Hear To Often!
When it comes to home ownership for the first time, it can seem like there are so many things you just don’t know. Whether you’re getting advice from your real estate agent, your friends or your family, there are so many things that seem like common sense that they might be lost in the mix of details. Instead of having to squeeze it out of them, here are three tips that are easily forgotten but still essential.
Be Patient And Take Your Time
It’s certainly not the most popular advice, but one of the most important things when deciding to purchase a home is having the time and know-how to make the decision that is right for you. Since you’ll need to consider so many different things when committing to such a significant purchase, from the neighborhood to the local amenities to the future value of the home, it’s always best to ask the questions so there will be less to regret. By the same token you can over-study the purchase and lose out on your dream home so it might even help to practice the process and get used to the decisions you will have to make and comb through them and narrow them down to as few as possible.
Get More Than One Opinion
It’s entirely possible that you’ve found a home you love and there’s nothing that’s going to get between you and it, but getting someone else’s opinion may provide the criticism you need to take a step back from a home-buying mistake. Instead of going it alone, bring along a friend or family member whose opinion you trust that will be honest with you about the flaws they see. It’s possible that they may notice something you’ve missed that could make or break the entire deal. A word of caution: many friends and family feel it necessary to find something wrong with every home; they think they are helping you, however; they are really pointing out mole-hills and making them into mountains. As a Realtor in Chandler, I have seen many buyers miss out on great deals because they thought a cosmetic blemish or some other minor issue out-weighed the value of the home. Not true, there is no perfect home and you have to ask yourself what issues can you live with and go from there.
Prepare For The Home Inspection
Until you do it, you never really know what you’re going to find out during the home inspection, but doing a little bit of research to determine things you should be looking for can go a long way in saving money down the road. Here again you need a trained eye to tell you what is a real deal killer and what isn’t. It may seem like you should be able to rely on the inspector to assess things for you, but by asking the right questions you might be able to spot the water tank that’s about to give out or a leak that’s about to get much worse.
There are a lot of little details that go hand in hand with purchasing a home, but often the advice that is the simplest is the easiest to forget. If you’re curious about other aspects of purchasing real estate that go beyond the home inspection, you may want to contact your local real estate agent for more information. Are you a first time home buyer and need help finding one of the Chandler homes for sale or in Gilbert, give me a call!