Although it is an exciting time, looking for a new home can be one of the busiest and most stressful experiences of your life. Amid the chaos, it is easy to forget the little things, especially if this is your first time going through the process. There are a lot of things to keep in mind when you take then next step past searching for homes on the Saskatoon MLS. To help you remember, here are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for a home.
Do Not Go Alone
You would not attempt to fix your car’s engine without the aid of a trained mechanic, so why would you visit a home for sale without your licensed real estate agent? Not only is it unsafe, but the seller may believe that they have a leg up in negotiations if you appear to be unrepresented. If you notice a home you like, contact your agent with the address and phone number and let them look into the asking price and other details to determine if the property fits your predetermined criteria. (To see information for first time home buyers click here).
Share a Ride
When you are ready to venture out on a house hunting expedition, hitch a ride with your Realtor rather than taking separate vehicles to each property on your list. This way, there is no chance of getting lost in an unfamiliar neighbourhood. This is also a good time when you can share valuable feedback during the drive that will help your agent know exactly what you are looking for in a home.
Haste Makes Waste
The last thing you want to do when you are out house hunting, is to rush the process. So, do not make any plans for later that may conflict with your tour. You will want to spend as much time as you need to properly examine the homes you are visiting. If you find one you really like, you may wish to formulate a written offer on the spot. This process can add an extra hour or so to your schedule. Do not forget to factor in the length of time it will take to drive to each property either.
As you are looking through the homes on your itinerary, determine your level of interest and thoroughly investigate the houses you could see yourself buying. Leave no door unopened, because you never know what awaits on the other side. Gather as much information as possible about closets, cupboards, drawers and other doors to gauge the amount of storage space available.
Bathroom and Plumbing
It is a good idea to make sure that the plumbing is working properly by flushing the toilets and running taps throughout the house. That being said, unless it is absolutely necessary, refrain from actually using the bathrooms in the homes you are visiting. If the house is still occupied, the current inhabitants may not appreciate it. If the property is vacant, there likely won’t be much in the way of essential amenities such as toilet paper. Instead, plan a snack break and pit stop at a local shop along the way.
Mind Your Manners
Remember, this is still someone’s home you are checking out. Treat it with respect and choose your words wisely when you are at the property. Sellers may be listening and if they hear you picking apart their house, it may come back to bite you if you decide to submit an offer. Wait until you are safely in your vehicle with the windows rolled up to voice your honest opinions. Sharing any concerns and criticisms with your realty agent will help to ensure that neither of you are wasting your time.
With the help from your Realtor at Realty Executives Saskatoon, you will be able to find your dream home. Call now to start hunting for your new home!
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