Looking at homes is an exciting step in the home buying process! It can also be exhausting and overwhelming. Driving all day from house to house, kids in the back seat complaining, dealing with the Alabama heat… You quickly realize that this isn’t quite like what you expected after watching HGTV! Did you also realize that you can cost your self money by saying or doing the wrong thing while in the home?
I’ve created a brief list of some tips and tricks to not only make the home searching process more enjoyable but also to ensure that you don’t cost yourself thousands of dollars when you decide to make an offer!
PREPARE FOR THE DAY –
First things first, Do not let your agent overload you with homes to see! I recommend a maximum number of 10 homes a day. Any more than that, the homes start to blend together. Its better to take two days to view homes rather trying to fit all of them in in one day!
Scheduling is extremely important. Make sure you have a set route, and timeline that you can stick with. You are looking at someone’s home, so it is important to be punctual. IT is also important to allow for a lunch break. Stretch the legs, go over some things, and re-charge for the next group of homes!
Do you have kids? Bring snacks and drink! They will be doing a lot of walking and in and out of the car! Bring activities for them to do, car rides are not fun for a five-year-old. Coloring books, games, toys, etc… and if you forgot? Download a game on your phone or tablet. Technology is your friend!
WHEN INSIDE THE HOME –
When entering the home, it is important to remember this isn’t a hotel room, it is someone’s home! Be careful not to track dirt or mud into the home. Treat everything with care as if it were your own. Open up closets, cabinet doors, feel free to wonder and look around. Make sure you grasp a good feel for the home to see if it is a place you can live in.
Do not discuss price, flaws, or condition inside the home! I cannot stress this enough! Most homes in todays world are equipped with some type of surveillance system. Home owners are known to listen in on potential home buyers. So hold all conversations until we are back in the car, or taking a break. Something as subtle as saying you would pay full price for the property would ruin the negotiation when you make an offer! It could cost you thousands!
Take exceptional notes when viewing properties. At First Call Realty, we give our buyers a “Buyers Book”. This is a binder filled with information on the home buying process. A place for all the homes you will be viewing, your legal documents, and to take notes! Write down your likes and dislikes of each property. That way you don’t forget when we are going over your thoughts on each home.
If you have any more questions on what to do, or not to do when looking at homes, feel free to reach out!
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