My husband and I have been house hunting for the last few months. We have quickly outgrown our sweet little 1600 sq ft townhouse. When we purchased our town home 11 years ago we were pregnant with baby 1, now with 6 kids we are busting out at the seams! We are taking the plunge and looking for something bigger that will fit our needs. The hunt was fun at first but it has quickly become a chore to look. It can be such an overwhelming process!
I have only purchased two homes in my life and both were new construction. Looking for a older home now is a whole different ball of wax! We have learned so much through this process. There are a few tips I wanted to share with you to help your make purchasing a home an easier process:
Right now it’s a sellers market. What can you afford? How much do you want to spend? Take into consideration all of your bills; car payments, other loans, credit cards, daily living expenses, etc. From there you should be able to determine what your budget is in finding a home. Stick to this number and do not be swayed! I highly recommend getting pre-qualified before you begin your house hunting search.
What are you looking for? Determine how many bedrooms, bathrooms, etc. you are looking for. What location do you want to live in? Have a plan, I do not recommend winging it! Remember this is a big decision!
Finding a good realtor is essential. It is hard to trust people at times so maybe try to find a realtor by recommendation. Thankfully our realtor is a friend from church so I feel like she is trustworthy. Make sure you share your plan, your wants, your must haves and your budget with your realtor so you are on the same page.
Stick to your plan! Do not base decisions on your feeling or emotions. When looking at a home ask yourself is this suiting my needs or my family’s needs? Am I settling? Sometimes if you hold out it’s worth the wait!
Be open minded. Sometimes fixer upper homes can be a good thing. If a house as great bones and only needs a bit of cosmetic work than think about doing the cosmetic work little at a time. A lot of times you can do the work yourself for a fraction of the price!
I admit house hunting can be stressful. Our house hunting experience has been in the evenings with 6 kids in tow, talk about stressful! So far we put one offer in on a home and had the house inspected (worth every penny) and we the retracted the offer after mold was found in the walls. A week later we put an offer in on another home and we were out bid. Now that same home we were outbid on is back on the market and tonight we put in an offer. If they agree to our offer great if not we keep looking! Do not be discouraged!
Are you currently house hunting? If so happy house hunting!