Updated: Sep 17, 2018
Last week I shared a few home shopping tips and figured I’d post them so they can help all of you:
Don’t hesitate to look in drawers, cupboards and closets if you are at all interested in the home. Open every door. You could miss whole rooms and large storage areas by not opening a door you assume goes to a closet. You’re not being nosy, you’re gathering information. Rest assured that the sellers have had ample notice to straighten up those spaces in anticipation of your poking around.
Don’t be hesitant to ask questions. If you see something in disrepair, such as worn carpet or marked up walls; have your agent find out if the seller is willing to repair them. This is sometimes added to an offer to purchase as a condition. It can’t hurt to ask up front if you are at all interest in the property.
Don’t think you can offend your real estate agent. It’s not their house they are showing you. Don’t be timid or polite and omit a criticism or concern you have. Doing so can result in you seeing more of the same, which is a waste of everybody’s time.
Good luck on your house hunt!
If you find a home you are interested in, give me a call. I can run numbers for you to see what kind of payment scenario you are looking at. Even if you’re approved somewhere else, give me a call and I’ll be happy to give you a second opinion!