House Hunting Mistakes That Might Come Back To Bite You

Posted on: 19 October 2020

House hunting is both exciting and a little nerve-wracking. Everyone's house-hunting process is a little different. Some people see a house here and there with no rush to buy. Others see 10 houses on a single Saturday with the goal of buying as soon as possible. Regardless of which end of the spectrum you fall on, there are some house-hunting mistakes you will want to avoid — because they might come back to bite you later on.

Mistake #1: House hunting without a real estate agent

It is very important to find a real estate agent before you start looking at homes. A real estate agent will set up appointments for you, and if you are interested in making an offer, they will make that offer on your behalf. If you start visiting homes without an agent and find one you like, then you will have to go through the process of finding an agent before you make an offer, and you may lose the house in the process. (Someone else may get an offer in before you do.)

Mistake #2: Failing to consider resale potential

When you look at a home, you should not only be asking yourself whether it meets your needs. You should also be asking whether other people would be interested in buying it. Otherwise, when you decide to move in a few years, you may struggle to sell the home. For instance, maybe you don't mind that the house is next to an industrial park and has a shared driveway, but many buyers would be turned off by these things — which means the home has little resale value and may not be a good buy.

Mistake #3: Not researching the neighborhood

It's common for buyers to drive to a house, look around, decide they like it, and make an offer. Then, they find out that the crime rate is really high or the school district is not very good. Always research neighborhoods first, and then only look at homes in neighborhoods you are willing to live in. This way, you won't find yourself in a home you like, but in a neighborhood that does not meet your needs.

House hunting can be a challenging process. For more tips and advice on finding homes for sale, reach out to a local real estate agent. It is their job to help you find homes that meet your needs and are good matches for your lifestyle.