Spring has Sprung and so has hordes of buyers looking for homes. Looking for a home can be both frustrating and emotional. As a realtor I am privy to witnessing clients make decision about something very important to them and their families- finding a home!
So What's a buyer to do?
1. First focus on practical and functional priorities such as location, schools and price. Don’t get lost in all the home buying hoo-ha (sparkling granite counters, new hardwood floors, a steam shower!). Remember, you can always add the hoo-ha. Do not fall in love with sparkly hardwood floors and then forget about the hour drive to your work. This is a mistake.
2. Focus on your lifestyle. If cutting grass and cleaning gutters is not your cup of tea then may be exclude that single home with two acres of land. Its a lovely home but not for you.
3. Think like a buyer 5-7 years in the future. If basements are standard in the area you are buying, make sure your home has a basement. Future buyers will expect a basement and will want to price you down if you do not have one.
4. Look beyond the fancy kitchen and sparkly hardwood floors. Think replacement costs for roof, heating and cooling systems, appliances. Think of how fast you want to replace all these items and how much its going to cost.
5. Dig deeper; look closely at the tree on the property. Roots from older trees can invade the sewer line; untrimmed branches can pummel your gutters during storms. What's next to your home; vacant land that could be developed, high-traffic businesses, noisy power generation stations, a cell tower and more. Pay attention to that steep driveway that could double as a ski slope in winter, or a sloped yard that sends water special delivery to your foundation.
6. Be willing to compromise for your priorities. If a home comes along at the right price and in the school district you want but does not have the dreamy granite counter tops- TAKE IT!!
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