Whether you’re buying or selling your home, you may be faced with challenges. You’ll want to find the best home on the market to start the next chapter of your life and become a homeowner, but what do you need to know? These helpful property tips will get you on the right track to finding your new home.
1. Do Your Research
If you’re buying a newly built home, research who the contractor is. Some contractors cut corners to save time and money, meaning your new home may not be top quality. Be sure to check out contractor testimonials and previous homes built by the contractor to make sure your home will still be in the condition you’d like a few years after purchase.
2. Do The Math
Don’t over extend yourself. Whether you’re buying a new home or a “ready to move in” home, avoid costly mistakes by doing a cost breakdown. Be sure to figure some hidden costs (annual property taxes, HOA fees, etc) into the calculations, so that you are not surprised when the time comes to close the deal.
3. Home Inspections
Always do a home inspection. Often times to sell a home, the seller will only patch up the problem or do a quick fix. A proper home inspection will help you see how much needs to be fixed (especially if you’re buying a fixer upper) and added costs you may need to account for. You also want to make sure your home is safe to live in (both structurally and hidden problems like faulty pipes or mold) before committing to the purchase.
4. Love At First Sight
Don’t impulsively choose the first home you see. Love at first sight does happen, but you always want to weigh your options. This is a major financial step, so take your time and shop around. You may fall in love right away, but ask yourself questions like, “Is this the right home for me?” or “Can I afford it?” This will keep you on track to finding your dream home.
5. Staging Is Key
Staging your home can help jump-start the selling process. Potential buyers want to see the home’s potential when viewing it. Bring in a professional staging team to help guide you through the perfect staging set up.
The best way to prepare yourself for buying or selling a home is to do your homework. Figuring out which questions to ask and what to look for when shopping around WILL help you make the right decision during your journey. If you have specific questions, please email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (714) 713-4663 so we can ensure that your request is granted quickly!