Home shopping is an exciting time. Looking at house after house can be a lot of fun, although after the first handful of times out looking, it can get tiresome. Don't give up looking for the house of your dreams just yet though — it's out there. There are things you can do to help you find your home. Read on for some home-buying tips when out looking for your next forever home.
Find A Realtor
Look for a realtor that is going to work with you and for you. Someone that isn't going to give up just because you can't seem to find something you like. Ask around to your friends or family, or use social networking to find a realtor. Always ask for references with any realtor you use. Find out how long they have been working as a realtor and how many homes they have both helped with purchasing and have helped sell.
When out looking at homes for sale, be realistic. You may not find a home that is move-in ready with every single thing you want the home to have. Some upgrades may need to be made by you. If the home has a good layout, is near the right schools, has a great neighborhood, and is in your price range, that may be the home for you. A few upgrades is realistic, but if it needs a lot of work and you aren't exactly handy or cannot afford the work, that may not be the house for you.
Also be realistic about your price range. Don't spread yourself too thin. You don't want to have to work just to pay your mortgage and not be able to afford anything else. Your mortgage should be somewhere around twice your yearly income. Anything more than that is probably going to be out of your price range.
Take The Blinders Off
Sure some things you can look past with a home, but some you just cannot ignore. If you spot mold, electrical problems, a sunken foundation, fresh paint smells, mildew smells, or see signs of an infestation from bugs or rodents, these are things you should never ignore. Things such as ugly paint, garbage in the yard or a weedy lawn, or ugly carpeting are all things that can easily be replaced or repaired, the other things will most likely require the help of a professional and a lot of money — things you may not be able to afford. Look closely at a home that you are thinking of buying and hire a home inspector to look over the home for you so you don't end up with a house that requires a lot of work before you can even move in.
Keep looking for your forever home, it's out there. Be sure to keep an open mind, hire a realtor, be realistic and hire a home inspector if you think you've found the right one.