Touring houses or condos can be both exhilarating and exhausting. You know that one of these properties will become your new home, and you're eager to find it. Yet you may have to visit many condos before you're ready to make an offer.
As your Realtor, Jennifer Mackay will take you the homes or condos you want to view. Once you're inside, you can walk through all the rooms, peek into closets and cabinets, measure windows, and explore. Here's how to get the most out of each visit you make while shopping for your new home.
Preparation is going to be key to a successful condo hunting tour. If you have everything in place before you set out to look at condos, you'll be able to focus on how well each condo meets your needs. So before you go out, here are some points to keep in mind.
Don't overshedule yourself. If you try to look at too many condos in one day, everything will start to be a blur. You'll have a hard time remembering each condo individually.
Come prepared. A camera, checklist and good note taking skills will be very important especially for remembering small details about each condo you visit. Come prepared with a pen or two, a folder for collecting brochures and information, and perhaps a list of questions you'd like to ask.
Get some rest. Study after study has shown that people who are tired find it hard to focus and make decisions. That's not the condition you want to be in as you look at prospective condos or homes. If possible, try to get a good night's sleep before you tour homes.
What about the children?
Get a babysitter. Parents of young children may find that the kids disrupt the tour, running through rooms, hiding in clostes, and begging to try out the backyard swing set. Even well-behaved children can distract you as you try to evaluate a potential home. The best time to bring kids is later in the process, when you've narrowed down the possibilities.
Buying a home is an emotional experience. To buy smart, you need to engage hear and head alike. Although you may fall in love with a home, you want to make sure you're getting a house or condo that's a good value and will suit you and your family. Jennifer Mackay can help you locate properties that fit into your needs and wants checklist and help guide you thru a successful home buying process.
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