10 Things You Should Never Do When House-Hunting
We want your house-hunting adventure to be a positive experience. Wondering how to do that? We’ll start by telling you how NOT to do that.
Here are 10 things NOT to do when house-hunting:
1. Travel in a fleet
If you don’t have to use more than one vehicle, then don’t. Simply put, the fewer vehicles on a house-hunting tour, the better! Travelling with your Realtor® makes it easier to discuss the properties you have seen and reduces the chances of getting lost in an unfamiliar neighbourhood!
2. Start house-bashing
There will be houses you visit that you will know right away are not for you. Try not to point out its flaws too loudly or loosely as neighbours or lingering sellers may be within earshot. You also don’t know what type of security the homeowner may have in place that may capture your conversation on tape. Save any comments or feedback for your Realtor® when you can be discreet about it and he or she who will then pass it along delicately to the selling Realtor®.
3. Call the number on the sign
If you have a signed agreement with a Realtor®, never call another Realtor® for information on a listed property. Your Realtor® is there to help you find the right home for your needs. You may assume they missed a property you would be interested in seeing, but they may have a good reason for not choosing it. To avoid miscommunication, call your own Realtor® first.
4. Believe you can when you can’t or shouldn’t
Got eyes on a fixer-upper? You may be quite handy but be sure to factor in costs, time and unforeseen problems. Knowing your limits as to what you can handle will be helpful when choosing a property. Check out these tips on buying a fixer-upper.
5. Drink too much caffeine
Leave the thermos at home and drive past that Starbucks window. Caffeine is a natural diuretic and can have…er…troublesome gastric effects. Too much will send you to the bathroom in other people’s homes or leave you stranded in a vacant home with the water off and no toilet paper. Enough said.
6. Make time your enemy
Choosing a home is a huge decision. Taking too much or too little time can sometimes lead to regret. If the market is hot or there’s been a lot of action on a home you love, you may need to act quickly. Although you should thoroughly investigate whether a home is right for you, taking too much time to do so can leave you with little to choose from and cause a desperate decision that puts you in a place you would rather not be. To help you strike a balance between doing your homework and thoughtfully considering your options, you may want to do a pre-offer inspection. This small investment may not only help you make a decision but will also put you in a better position if you decide to place an offer as you an waive the inspection clause.
7. Make after-tour plans
If you plan on making a day of house-hunting; leave it at that. You may spend longer in some homes than others. Making subsequent plans may hinder the time you are able to spend or leave you without time to make a decision on a property or offer. It may also mean you’ve got friends waiting for you in a restaurant somewhere feeling unimpressed.
8. Hold back your true thoughts
Being on the same page as your Realtor® is so important. If you feel like certain homes don’t meet your criteria or if you have changed your mind about something, speak up! Being polite is one thing, holding back your true feelings is a mistake. If your Realtor® doesn’t know how you feel, they won’t be able to serve you to the best of their ability and find you the perfect home.
9. Be unwilling to compromise
Having a list of needs and wants is essential to finding a property that is the right fit for you, however, no home is actually perfect, meeting your every need or want. Understand that you may need to compromise. Not being willing to do so could leave you without options while you miss out on some golden opportunities.
10. Wear uncomfortable shoes
Seriously…if you are looking at a day of house-hunting, you don’t want to waste time tying up laces, fiddling with straps or dealing with blisters! Step into your favourite slip-on shoes and by the end of your trip, you’ll be glad you did.
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