My realtor told me something interesting.. When you are looking at a bunch of houses at the same time on the same day, sometimes they do blend together and you forget which is which. When you are going through a house, try to pick out something unique/different/weird about it. Your memory will be able to trigger the memory of the house. So like “the house with the pink bathroom”. Since that is easier than to remember the things you liked about it. Also, write notes about the house, the pros and cons right after your done.
A big tip, you have to trust and feel confident with your Realtor. Our first Realtor didn’t do anything for us and was lazy and we weren’t happy about him. Our second Realtor I made sure I interviewed a couple people.. Ask about their experience, if they know the neighbourhoods well.. See how fast they respond back to you and see if they are willing to work with you. Make sure you get along well since you will be spending a lot of time together. It makes a big difference to work with someone who has your best interests at heart and works hard to find your house.
Location is key for sure. Think about resale value in the future. We turned down this newer, pretty house that was in a wrong neighbourhood for us.. It would have been too hard to sell later. Same with houses on busy roads, it is typically seen as a negative.
If you or your Darling Husband are handymen, try and find a house in a great location that needs work. That is a great way to make a good profit after when you sell. Our condo was in original condition, not pretty at all, quite ugly.. We overhauled everything and sold the condo for $110,000 more than we bought it.. (Not including the renovation costs). We were lucky.
Make a check list of “must haves” and “would nice to have” features. It will help you when you’re looking. Make sure you’re not being unrealistic either.. Wanting a hot tub isn’t a must have 😉 Everyone has their preferences to what is important to them. It will help elimate houses that don’t meet your needs at all.
See the houses in person since it is totally different than what you see in the pictures and the listing. When your there, look around everywhere.. Look at the neighbourhood, the houses aroundcc.. whats around the house (parks? busy roads? a walkway?) Does it feel safe? Try and come back to the house at night too, to see what its like and how it feels. Get a feel for the floor plan, is it functional for you?
Oh, and go back for a second look, maybe even third! Seeing a house for the first time you typically overlook some things and miss some key items. Well, you are excited and overwhelmed with looking at everything. Going back again lets you look at things more objectively, let you pick more things apart, and make it more realistic. We didn’t do that for our first condo, so we were like “oh, we didn’t realize that the carpet was that bad..” after. Look at the overall condition of the house and see if the people maintained it well or not.
Ignore the bright green or pink paint colors. Yes it is distracting if you hate the color schemes they picked out.. But look past the cosmetic and see if there is any big repairs that need to get done. Get a home inspection done, it is worth a couple hundred bucks for piece of mind. Its not perfect but gets you an idea of what needs to be replaced or if there is any major structural issues.
I think that’s all for now haha. 🙂 Good luck! It is fun, but can be frustrating and emotional too. Don’t jump into things too quickly.. and celebrate when the offer is accepted!