The home buying process feels like it takes forever. This post is about what to do when your realtor shows you a home. Chances are you’re reading this because you’ve been approved for a home loan. Congatulations by the way!
Before you place your bid on a home make sure you do these things.
I remember apartment hunting in my younger days. I’d write down everything that needed to be fixed, send that document to the apartment manager, then voila it would be fixed. When you own a home you pretty much will be the person who to listen to your complaints. You are the landlord, you have to make the appointments. You will need to check everything out and make sure it works.
When you walk into a home, keep in mind your budget. How much can you spend to make updates? Is the buyer willing to fix anything? Sometimes these buyers just want out of their home. They really just want you to take it as is. You can never really know their situation.
Check to make sure all the doors open.
You’re probably thinking. Well, the front door worked. What else is there? Well, that type of thinking is exactly why I decided to why this blog. Every door in the house must be able to open and close. Front doors, sliding doors, cabinet doors, bathroom doors, bedroom doors, closet doors. Check every door.
Check the walls carefully
Is the paint new? Does it need to be painted? Is the color hideous? What ever it is about the paint. Make your notes for every home that you view.
Quality of Floors
Will the home need new carpet? Does it have tile floors or is there hardwood floor? Better yet is it a laminate floor? When was the last time the floors were done? Knowing this information will help you with the timing for future planning. You don’t want to wait too long to replace anything.
Lock/unlock all windows. Open and close them. Believe it or not, these are the little details that most people forget about. We see a beautiful home, in full admiration of its presence, we forget the little things that matter most. Don’t forget that some homes will have rental furniture. This is to help you with any imagery you may have. It’s supposed to lean you more towards making an offer on the home.
I’m sure you get the gist of what I’m trying to say. Open all drawers, cabinets. Check for shavings, mouse drippings, wood shavings. Even though a house can be cleaned, that doesn’t get rid of the real problem. Your realtor won’t have the answers and the decision to place an offer is ultimately yours. Do your research on homes. Check all creases and crevices.
Happy Home Hunting!