Here are three more insider tips to ensure you have the best possible home buying experience.
In the first video, I gave three tips to ensure homebuyers have the best possible purchase experience, but I’m not out of tips just yet—here are three more to help you get the most from your future investment.
4. Keep an open mind and have the right expectations. When beginning the process of searching for your home, we always warn our clients that once you start to tell your friends and family you’re looking to buy a home, you’ll get a bunch of varying opinions and advice on what to do. It’s better for clients to be prepared for anything because you never know—the first weekend we go look at homes together could be the time you find your dream home. If someone tells you that you should look at 20 or more homes before making an offer, you might lose your opportunity to land that dream home if you do.
We also advise our clients that although you’ll have a set of initial criteria in place when we start your home search, keep in mind that this is oftentimes an evolving process; as we look at different areas and types of homes, you might become more receptive and mindful of things you hadn’t thought of before.
5. Hire an agent who will do their due diligence. Of course, we’re the main premise of protecting your investment. An agent who has your best interests top of mind, will research and breakdown a subject property of interest and pull its history report to find out how long it was on the MLS, when it was last listed, what the sellers bought the property for, and what they’ve done to it since purchasing it. We’ll also get the seller’s disclosure so you have a breakdown of the property’s condition, as well as a list of updates. In addition, we’ll look at the comparable sales in the neighborhood and create an analysis report to help you decide whether the home is fairly priced or not. Ultimately, the agent you work with should work hard to give you the information and peace of mind to make the best decision possible.
6. Hire a professional inspector no matter what—even if you’re getting an incredible deal. We always say that you can’t put a price on peace of mind when it comes to protecting your investment. We have several great recommendations for inspectors who look at all the core components of the home, including the electrical, foundation, HVAC, furnace, plumbing, roof, and so on. The purpose of the inspection is to eliminate any chance of surprises once you take possession of the home. Also, because Houston gets a lot of rain and is often fairly moist, it’s critical that you get a WDI termite inspection—when it comes to pests, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
I hope you found this information useful in helping you to prepare for this exciting journey of purchasing a home. If you have any questions or need any assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. We’d love to be your real estate resource.