(Closed) Heading out for the fist time to see houses!

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

The best advice I can offer….being that I work with mortgages, is this

 

Do NOT in ANY circumstances go OVER your budget.  So important!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We made a list of “Must Haves” , “Would Be Nice”, “Would Prefer Not To Have” and “Cannot Have” and used it to evaluate each house.

For us, the ones that were “No”s were immediately apparent and we spent about 10 minutes in them. The ones that were Maybes and Yeses took longer to go thru. 

 

Good luck, have fun, and keep us posted! 🙂

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I agree with JenniRae– we did the same thing. Let the realtor know upfront what are deal breakers and what your dream house would have (within reason… know that a 200K house won’t have an indoor pool of course!)

Also, take your time going through houses, don’t let yourself feel rushed. Don’t let the realtor talk you into what you don’t think you want. Trust your gut. Make a list of your favorite and least favorite parts of every “maybe” IMMEDIATELY after leaving because you will forget. Definitely spend as much time checking out the area and development as you do looking at the house itself (what kinds of cars do people there drive? are the houses and yards well maintained? is it busy? loud? etc).

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Also, to add to Corgi’s advice, think about what your commute to work, school, grocery store, etc will be from the given neighborhood.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I totally know how you feel. Last year when we were looking at houses, I would walk through in about 4 seconds with a yes or a no and was ready to move on to the next house. I guess being a little more discerning would have been better. 🙂

Having lived in this house since last May, there are definitely things that we didn’t notice on a quick walk through so taking your time helps. Our thermostat is a little testy, the neighborhood dogs bark all day long in the summer, it takes forever for hot water to heat up. Nothing major, but a bit annoying. Luckily, they can all be fixed (except those annoying dogs!).

I definitely think looking really closely at bathrooms and kitchens is helpful! You’ll spend a lot of time in those places and usually like things to be working well and comfortable!

 

*Good Luck*

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

How did it go?

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

can’t wait to see girlie!!!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Remember that things can be changed… color, countertops etc.  The floor plan is important.  Don’t let pink walls discourage you.  Good Luck!!

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

how exciting girlie!!!! i cannot wait to see pix etc! sounds amazing

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Very exciting!  And don’t stress out too much.  When you put in an offer you’ll have all kinds of outs if things (inspections mainly) don’t go the way you want them to.  So what do you guys think after seeing it again?

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

@klp: hey girlie how’d it go?! i agree to just relax and see.  OMG I am so uper duper excited for you though that it’s ridiculous!!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee

Congrats on finding a nice one you like and want! 2 miles from Walmart is a definate plus! And the inlaws too!

It’s not hasty, if you like it, you like it. I looked at a house on Sunday and made an offer the next day.LMAO. It’s like when you find the right one, man OR house, when you know, you know!

Good luck!!

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