Buying your first house is a very exciting experience, and one you won’t immediately forget. Home shopping can be a very fulfilling exercise, but it’s also best if you made a conscious effort to focus your search in order to save time and energy. Here are a few useful tips to get you started.
1. Search the internet. – These days many home buyers start their quest for a house to buy online. For example, people who are in the market for Gilbert real estate will find a lot of online listings that show Gilbert homes for sale. The great thing about most online listings is that they already include pictures of the curb of the house, which makes it a great place to look for houses that make a good first impression on you. Simple internet searches will bring up a lot of information, but not all of them will be useful. It’s best to find online listings that put you in contact with actual real estate brokers and have access to authoritative listings database.
2. Go to open houses. – Open houses can be a great way to find property to buy. Go to them, take notes, and talk with people that you meet to get an idea of what home searchers usually look for.
3. Rate the houses you go to. – Your impression of a house is a lot fresher right after you step out of it. Take copious notes and rate the house immediately using a 10 point scale. If at all possible, take photos of the houses that you are considering buying. Take notes about what catches your eyes while walking through the house. Do you like the color of the walls? Does it have interesting design elements? Are some parts handmade and show expert craftsmanship? Do you see areas that can be improved to raise the value of the house such as a huge room that can be divided to two rooms in the future, or an oversized lawn that could use some development?
4. What’s next door? – Look at what’s next door and see if it’s something you can really live with. Does the neighbor’s house look well-maintained? Do you live next to a high-traffic location such as an office space or a commercial establishment? Looking around the immediate vicinity of a house can tell you a lot about what could possibly happen to the value of the house you want to buy in a few years or so. For people who are paying a premium for the view (for beachfront properties and the likes), it’s important that you look around for neighbors or buildings with structures that may upset the view of your home and lower the value of the property.
5. Get in contact with a real estate agent. – Most people who are really ready to buy a home find real estate agents to help them out, and for good reasons. Your home shopping experience would be a lot easier and more focused with a real estate agent. An agent will find out what you want out of a house in terms of appearance, specifications, and budget and put you in contact with home sellers who have the kind of house that you need.