Most people shop around before purchasing a new cell phone, tv, or other big ticket item. You simply do not walk into a store, pick up the first phone on display and purchase it, right? You compare models, prices, pros, and cons before making a decision. Purchasing a home is no different. It’s really important to leave the rose colored glasses at home when going out with your Realtor to look at homes. And yes, you do need a Realtor.
Most home buyers look at at least 10 homes before making the decision to put in an offer on a home they love here in Northeast Ohio. While the number of houses will vary from person to person comparing at least properties is smart.
Benefits of shopping around
Comparing Features. Viewing several homes will give you a chance to see various features and compare which ones are important to you and which ones you can live without. Perhaps the first home you see has a three season room and costs 20k more than the second home you see which has a nice deck. You may put a three season room on your list of must-haves or perhaps you’ll feel it’s just not worth the extra money.
Understanding Resale Value. If you view the nicest home in a specific neighborhood and there’s a few others that meet your basic requirements taking the time to view and compare them will give you a better idea of their resale potential. You may decide to splurge on the home that has it all, or decide that buying a home for less that has great potential is the smarter move.
Noticing Red Flags. When you first start looking at homes you’ll be quick to point out the things you like or dislike about the homes. But after spending some time with a good Realtor you’ll pick up tips on looking for common maintenance issues and gauging the overall soundness of the home.
Buyers Remorse. Looking out several homes now and rest assured later that you made a smart purchase. It’s human nature to always wonder if the grass is greener on the other side so if you take time to see the grass over there, you’ll be less likely to regret your decision later.
Ready to go see some houses? I would love to help! Just contact me and we’ll get the ball rolling.