Making the Most of a House Hunting Trip

Create a Wish List.  Start by writing down what you like and dislike about your current home.  Decide on which features you must have, would like to have, and definitely don’t want in your new home.  Be sure to discuss this with any other family members involved in the decision making process.   Some items to consider include:

  • Ideal Price (pre-approval with your lender will help with this)
  • Minimum number of bedrooms
  • Minimum number of bathrooms
  • Garage size
  • Lot size/yard
  • Age of house
  • Square feet
  • Style of house
  • Number of floors
  • Type of neighborhood
  • Eat-in kitchen and/or formal dining room
  • Fireplace
  • Family room or great room
  • Finished basement
  • Pool and/or hot tub
  • Patio, deck or porch
  • View

Location is Critical.  Once you have provided the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, square footage and amenities you want in a home, you also need to decide on the location.  Our community information page, together with communicating with The Daryl Smith Team, will help you narrow down your location.  How far are you willing to commute to work?  What services are nearby?  Are the property values rising or decreasing?  Even if you don’t have children, being located in a good school district will help the property value and also help in reselling the home in the future.

Use a Checklist.  You will want to see enough homes so that you can get a real feel for the properties available in your price range to make sure you get the most for your money.  You can save some time by viewing homes online and screening out some ahead of time.  The Daryl Smith Team can send you a list of homes to view online that meet your criteria.  Instead of relying on your memory of each home you will view, make notes about each one to keep from confusing the details later.  By using a personalized checklist of the features you desire, you will be sure to make the most of your house hunting.

Beauty is Skin Deep.  At first glance the home may not have the best curb appeal or appearance, but don’t let that stop you from having your dream home.  It can be easy to paint or make minor repairs, however structural defects are not as easy to change.   Be sure to have a home inspection on your new home once you have it under contract.  This will identify any problems BEFORE you actually purchase the home.   And remember, location in real estate is key; there’s no changing the location of the home so be sure of the area you want to live.  Consider such things as proximity to schools or work or shopping; things that are important to you.

Relax.  Of course buying a home is a major, life-altering event, but there is no use in making yourself overly stressed about the process.  Stay calm and keep a positive outlook knowing The Daryl Smith Team is working for you.