By Becky Huebner, Nebraska Home Sales Realtor
I’ve been showing a whole bunch of houses in a particular price range recently. In doing so I was reminded of a few house hunting basics.
- There is no perfect house.
- There are many things that matter that may not immediately meet the eye.
- The “shiny” things are typically not the most important things.
- It’s hard to look past the “shiny” things.
- The one thing you cannot change is location.
- How you want to live- commute, community, how much home/yard maintenance- matter a lot.
- Most everything else can be changed.
- The changing becomes a dollars and cents, time and inconvenience equation.
- Do your best to count your costs ahead of time.
- It’s (almost) always more costly than expected.
- It helps to have a second set of eyes.
- It helps to have those eyes belong to someone who has seen quite a few houses and ones that have no vested interest in which one you buy (yes, your realtor).
- You are first and foremost buying a home (exception is investment property). If we can make a good investment so much the better but keep the first thing first.
- Your guess is about as good as mine when predicting future market conditions at re-sale time.
- If you reach out to your Realtor sooner rather than later that prep time can set you up for success when the right house appears.
- Make sure you are all-in when ready to write an offer. There will be bumps in the road.
- Keep your eye on the prize, not the “sausage making” when they come.
- Take all the time you need to decide, but when you have decided don’t delay. Even a house long on the market can suddenly become a hot commodity.
- Different people value different things. There is no good house or bad house.
- What matters the most is what matters to you.
- There may not be a perfect house, but there is likely a pretty great one that is just right for you.
Give your agent a call when you are ready to try on a few.