The arrival of spring means a time for renewal. The season means pulling out your warm-weather wardrobe and tackling spring cleaning. But maybe you have a bigger project on your to-do list: buying a new home. Before you start on your home-shopping journey, here are a few tips to help save you both time and money.
Find the Right Agent
The key to happy spring home buying is finding the most qualified agent to guide you through the process. There is a plethora of information at your fingertips. Finding a real estate agent you can trust is easy because reviews can be found on all the top home buying websites. Provided you take the time to do some research, of course. Find agents with the best reviews and give them a call. They will relieve some of the pressures of home buying and take the time to walk you through all the necessary steps.
Use the Internet
The internet has completely changed the home-buying process, making it easier to choose which homes to see in person. With 3-D tours available on the web, buyers can tour a home from their mobile device or a computer without having to get up. According to the Zillow Group Report on Consumer Housing Trends, 87% of home buyers use online resources during their home search,
Buy a Home, Not a Project
Buyers who purchase a fixer-upper can end up spending the same (if not more) than they would on a new home. When buying a home avoid getting caught up in the cosmetic features of the home and consider about the home itself from its foundations to the attic. By the same token it’s okay to think about small changes if you like the house itself. Adding a fresh coat of paint is a fairly inexpensive task.
Avoid disaster, Get a warranty
Think ahead. The last thing you want after buying a home is for something to go wrong. Protect your home. I recommend purchasing a home warranty, because life happens. A powerful storm could brings a tornado or a flood that does serious damage. A warranty is a safeguard against the unexpected and can cover many of the things that could go wrong.
Use Inspection Time Wisely
Small problems eventually turn into big problems, that’s the way of the world. The wood could rot, drains could leak, or the electrical panel may not be up to code. Consider hiring experts inspect your home. If the inspection reveals issues, be sure to deal with them effectively.
Fix Common Repairs
Repairs may come in the form of patching up small nail holes or weatherproofing electrical outlets. It’s recommended that homeowners fix repairs before moving in their belongings. After all, an empty house is easier to clean. For bigger jobs, find a professional to complete the repairs. Sites such as Neighborly can help you find home services providers.
After you’ve done all the work, it’s time to start enjoying your new home. The best part about buying a house is making it a home. Change the color of the walls, update the lighting, or add a more personal touch with a photo gallery wall. Before you know it, you’ll make memories in that home. Spring is a perfect time to begin your journey, just do the research!