Searching for a house is a difficult process. To ease the stress of the process, check out a few of these dos and don’ts from your Columbus movers, E.E. Ward Moving & Storage.
–Research the neighborhood. Feel out the community. Be sure that it’s a place where you feel safe and comfortable and that you’ll enjoy living in. Research other surrounding neighborhoods, as well.
–Look at many different houses. Maybe the first home you look at will end up being your dream home, but don’t get too stuck on one home. Make sure you look at many different houses and compare homes to other listings in the area to make sure you don’t overpay.
–Hire an inspector. You want to be sure that the house is structurally sound with no infestations, plumbing, wiring, or other problems that could end up costing big bucks down the road.
–Take notes while visiting houses. Make sure to write down things that you didn’t like, as you may not remember these when thinking about the houses later on.
–Wear comfortable shoes without many laces, as many homeowners will ask that you remove your shoes before entering.
–Be very vocal. Sharing your opinions, wants, and needs with your realtor can help them find you the perfect fit.
–Don’t pay too much attention to the décor. Use their items for inspiration, but don’t get too attached. Remember that when they move out, the previous home owners will take their décor with them.
–Don’t buy the most expensive house in the area or block. It may be harder to get your money back whenever you decide the resell sometime down the road.
–Don’t fall head over heels too soon. Know the price when you go into the house. Make sure not to fall in love with a house that is out of your price range or doesn’t fit your needs.
–Don’t get desperate. Take the time to look at many houses and don’t settle on one that doesn’t fit all of your needs if the process takes longer than expected.
–Don’t bring relatives or small children when looking at houses. It’s important not to be distracted when going through these homes. You also don’t want someone else’s opinions to impact you initially if they’re not also going to be living in the home.
–Don’t look at too many houses in one day. You’ll become exhausted and forget particular details about the different homes.