Mistakes People Make When Looking For A Home

Posted by Jennifer Dollar on Friday, August 23rd, 2013 at 5:57pm


wrong_400_01It's scary to think about it, but people make a lot of mistakes when looking for a home.  Some mistakes make the search less pleasant, and others make it difficult to end up with a home that truly makes you happy.  Following are some of those mistakes that people make when looking for a home.  Hopefully, knowing these mistakes will make the process of searching for and finding the right home a little easier. 

Going It Alone

People searching for a home should never go through the process alone.  This refers both to the entire process of home shopping and to its components, like a single trip to check out a potential home.  You should bring your real estate agent along on every trip and along for every other action that you take on the way to home ownership. 

If you see a house you want to walk through, let your real estate agent know.  Your real estate agent can check it out first to see if it is your style before you go so that you don't waste time on houses that don't meet your basic needs.  Your real estate agent can help with everything else, too. 

Rushing Through Homes

People rush through homes for many reasons.  If you do it because you hate the home from moment one, that's fine.  Otherwise, you want to take your time to see everything that there is to see in the home.  This means that you shouldn't go looking at homes when you're hungry or tired or when you have made other plans for soon after the showing.  When you rush, you miss things, and when you miss things, you can end up with regrets.

Wearing The Wrong Shoes

The right shoes to wear when looking for a home are comfortable and slip on and off easily.  People often prefer that visitors slip off their shoes when they look at homes so as to not get the floors dirty, so wearing shoes that slip off easily will save time.  You also want those shoes to be comfortable so that you are not tempted to rush through homes, as mentioned in the previous point, and so that your aching feet don't affect your perception of a home.  

Not Looking Absolutely Everywhere

Before you buy a home, you want to look absolutely everywhere.  You want to open every door, cabinet, and drawer that you can find so that you know what you're getting.  You would be surprised how often individuals looking for a home bypass entire rooms because they thought a door led to a closet and never checked to make sure.

Not Being Honest With Your Real Estate Agent

Your real estate agent isn't going to be offended if you lay the truth out on the table.  If you love something about a house, then say that, and if you hate something about a house, then say that, as well.  The truth will help your real estate agent to find the perfect home for you.  Just hold the truth until you are far away from the owner so that you don't offend anyone.

People make all these mistakes when looking for a home, but you don't have to.  Instead, you can avoid all these mistakes and have a more pleasant and more productive home search.  Looking for a home is an art, and now you know how to do it the right way.

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