We've been on a lot of house tours and have some great advice for potential buyers. Check out a few of our favorite tips for house hunting!
1. Cluster your home search by neighborhood
It might make sense to map out the properties you want to visit by neighborhood so that you don't have to drive back and forth across town. Number the properties on a map to correspond with your notes so that you can keep them straight!
2. Bring a notepad & pen
Bring a notepad (digital works, too) to make notes about what you thought of the house so that you don't get them mixed up later. Write down pros and cons of each house and perhaps a memorable element of the property. Review your notes after you've had a chance to rest.
3. Have a camera handy
Your smartphone is probably preferred to bringing along an a large clunky camera. Take photos of anything in the home that sparks your interest, specifically the front of the house. The photos can be used to spark your memory and flesh out your pro/con list.
4. Wear shoes that are easy to slip off
Usually, it is requested that you remove your shoes before checking out a property, so it's good to be prepared. Wear shoes that are easy to slip off and if it's a chilly time of year, some nice warm socks!
5. Make and bring a checklist
A checklist of your top priorities will help you stay focused on a busy day of open houses. Take time to think through what you most want in a home and prioritize the list. This will help you to not get distracted by flashy elements and to stay true to your family's needs.
6. Involve your stakeholders
Now, this has the potential to get distracting, but if you are planning on living in the home with multiple generations, this is something to consider. There is something to be said for not bringing children to every open house, but if you are narrowing down your list to a few solid options, it could be fun to get input from the littlest movers. Additionally, involving children or parents/grandparents could help you see things you might not normally notice - such as accessibility or safety issues.
7. Have measurements for large furniture
If you have a piano, large piece of furniture or artwork that is going to be moving with you, come prepared with the measurements to ensure that it fits into the new space. There would be nothing more heartbreaking than a valued item not fitting into the new home. There is no need to break out your tape measure at every open house, but if you are particularly interested in a property, it may be worthwhile to reach this level of detail.
8. Bring your flashlight
This tip, again, is most useful for the most serious homes on your list. A flashlight can help you get a look at the potential in an unfinished basement or attic. You can also use the flashlight on your phone if you want to travel light! (pun intended)
Finally, you want to have a solid team in your corner. Give us a call to schedule showings - we'd love to help you out!