If you’re thinking of buying your first home or upgrading to a new one, the inventory of homes on the market come Spring is definitely plentiful – providing for a great selection of homes to serve your unique needs.
Still, there are also generally more people out looking at homes in the Spring as well. And while some homebuyers feel anxious about securing their dream home as soon as possible, it’s important to take the time to be patient and make sure the home is a good fit for you and your family.
After all, home-buying is likely the largest investment you’ll ever make, and doing your due diligence when determining which house to buy ensures that fewer surprises arise after your moving day.
Following are three top considerations to keep in mind when looking for your new home this Spring:
1. Get pre-approved for a mortgage. Not only will this step help you compete against other buyers who have not been pre-approved, but it will also ensure you only look at home’s within your price range – saving you the trouble of falling in love with a home you can’t afford. Your mortgage broker or lender will be able to get you pre-approved before you start browsing homes.
2. Think about what you need. Jotting down specifics regarding what you “need” in a home
– as opposed to what you “want” – will help determine the types of homes you should be viewing. It’s rarely possible, however, to find a perfect home for your needs, tastes and budget. While it’s important to weigh your priorities before you start your home search, it’s equally important to be flexible and willing to change your mind once you see what your true options are – viewing properties can shift your priorities. And remember that if you can only find places that require too many compromises, it’s okay to keep looking – new homes come on the market daily!
3. Look past the staging. Many sellers enlist staging professionals to help sell their homes faster and at a higher price. While this often makes listings more visually appealing to buyers, some major flaws may be covered up through staging. And while minor cosmetic issues can often be overcome with a simple fix such as a coat of paint, larger, more costly issues can arise with a home if you don’t notice poor conditions before you buy. Some things to look for include: leaks around plumbing fixtures and ceilings (thanks to upper floor bathrooms); stains on walls or ceilings; evidence of mould; poor workmanship on flooring, moulding, windows and doors; or aging and worn seals around windows and doors.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns about buying or selling a home, or you’d like some useful tips, information and answers to your questions are just a phone call or e-mail away!