Buying Your The Katy-Cinco Ranch-Richmond Area Home For The Best Price
The Katy-Cinco Ranch-Richmond Area Home
For The Best Price
Chapter 8 Part 2 When I start visiting homes, what should I look for?
What do I need to bring with me when I’m looking at homes that I might want to buy?
Definitely a pencil. Take notes, whether on your own pad, or on descriptive sheets provided by us. Be prepared to “snoop around” a little. After all you want to know as much as possible about the home that you buy. Sellers should understand that because their home is on the market, it will be looked at thoroughly. Don’t feel that you might offend the realtor–he is on your side. If you don’t like a house tell him and move on.
If you want to see a home a second or third time, we will be happy to open it up for you. We do not recommend that you look at the house you are going to buy just one time. Each time you go you see new things and some other things differently–you get a better “feel” for the house. Be sure to ask any questions that you have about the home, even if you feel you are being nosy–you have a right to know.
What should I ask about each home that I tour?
Try to define any problem areas or defects or areas that could be repaired. Take note of the age of the air conditioning and heating system, and the roof. Are there potential problems with the floor and foundation (Do the doors and windows close?). Be persistent in finding out your answers if you are seriously interested in the home. Sometimes the answer must come from the owner and will take some time. The answer may come from inspectors.
What should I tell my agent about homes we look at?
Open communication is critical. Tell us everything. We are on your side. Tell us what you don’t like, as well as, what you like about the homes. Don’t be shy about talking about a home’s shortcomings. Was it too small in some areas? Was it perfect except for the carpet, or the wallpaper in one room. The more open and descriptive you are, the easier it is for us to “zero in” and find a home that you’ll love, or to find a house that feels like home!
How many homes should I look at before I buy?
There is no set number of homes you should look at before you decide to make an offer. Your agent can set you up with an internet site that gives you a list of homes that meet given criteria. You can discard many before you go look, and keep the others on the list, many of which will be discarded after you look. That’s why providing your agent with as many details as possible up front is so helpful. The perfect home may be waiting for you on your first visit! Even if it isn’t, the house hunting process will help you get a feel for the homes in each community and narrow your choices to a few homes that are worth a second or third look. When you look at a lot of homes they tend to blend together, but your mind is separating things out. It does help to take notes–describe a feature that made the house distinctive on your note sheet so you can remember the house.
Always ask when you find the home that you may want to buy:
How much are the utilities?
Are there problem areas that should be fixed now?
How old is the air conditioner and heater? (They may be different ages.)
How old is the roof?
Next Chapter: Once I find my “Dream Home” how will I know how much to offer?