Natalie Green, CENTURY 21 ELITE
When you make the decision to begin looking for a new home, it can be exciting, overwhelming, and nerve-racking all at once. While it can be an extremely positive time, it comes with a certain amount of stress. There are several ways to minimize the hardships in this process though. Here are 5 things to look for when you’re buying a house!
What kind of life do you have or want to build for yourself? Perhaps you’re wanting to start a family. Or maybe this will be your starter home. Or where you will enjoy your retirement. It’s important to have a list of what you need in this house. For instance, factors that could be deal breakers may include: a specific number of bedrooms, a garage, a certain amount of full bathrooms, square footage, you name it!
After you make a list of your non-negotiables, then it’s important to move on to your wants. For example, how much space is the right amount for you? Does your lifestyle allow you to play host to a lot of parties, family events, or holiday get-togethers? Having the right amount of space is important. It would help to have an approximate number of how many square feet you are looking for in a house. Factoring in costs of utilities, insurance, and taxes is also important.
One of the biggest factors that may contribute to your dissatisfaction with your house hunting process is the lack of time spent on finding the right agent for you. You want to find the best agent that can truly understand what you’re looking for but also understand things outside of your control, such as a limited budget. According to a survey we conducted, 99% of our participating buyers stated that their agent added value during their transaction process, for varying reasons including, providing upfront information about the purchasing process and details about the houses. With CENTURY 21 ELITE’s relentless agents, you are sure to find the right one. Find an Agent that is right for you.
You’ve heard it before! Location! Location! Location! Have children? Make sure there’s a good school district in the area. Love to walk? Check out the local parks. Need a short commute to work? Want a home close to the night life? Do you want a decent amount of yard where you can have some privacy, or do subdivisions fit your taste? Think about what is important to your lifestyle and find a location that gives you what you need. To see the latest homes on the market in Terre Haute, click here.
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It’s critical to hire a home inspector that is fully qualified. Home inspections may include the plumbing system, the heating and cooling units in all rooms, water damage from flooding or roof leaks, the insulation of the entire house, and the electrical wiring. Having the right real estate agent will help with this process because they can negotiate the results and needed repairs.
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Your budget is the most important factor throughout the entire process. Checking in with your C21 agent on comparables and statements on previous houses that have been sold in the neighborhood will make a big impact for putting in an offer on a house. When determining your budget, it’s important to ASK QUESTIONS. You want to make sure that all your bases are covered when it comes to putting in the right offer. Also, don’t forget that there is always the factor of negotiation if there is a counter offer.
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Buying a house is a major undertaking. These 5 things will help you get started and feel confident in finding what you want.
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