Whether you are buying your first home or buying a home after a few years in the same house, it can be stressful to go through the process of buying and selling. If you are a first time home buyer you may not know what you are looking for, what to expect, or what should stand out as red flags to you.
Buying a home seems pretty simple, right? But there is an endless list of things that you need to be aware of as the buying process begins. If you are buying a used home, do you know what to look for to ensure the home is in good shape? Do you know how to tell if it is listed under a fair asking price? We don’t expect you to know the answers to these things, and that is why we can help.
At Lisa Jay and Troy Kehoe, REALTORS®, we can help you with the buying and selling process of your home. We are a team of experienced and knowledgeable real estate advisors who can help you find the perfect home for you in the Temple and Belton, Texas areas. We can help you find homes in your budget and size range, negotiate deals, and help point out the homes you should avoid. With us, buying a home is simple.
Why You Need a Realtor
You may be asking yourself why you need a realtor to buy a home. While buying a home can be done without a realtor, they can offer many benefits. Realtors, especially our team at Lisa Jay and Troy Kehoe, REALTORS®, are knowledgeable about the market and the neighborhoods in the areas you are searching for a home. We know where the good homes are and which areas to avoid. We know how the market works. We know how to negotiate the best deals. And we know what to look for in a home that could raise some concern. While you may be capable of going through the process of buying a home on your own, imagine moving into a home only to find out it needs a new roof, foundation repairs, and the neighbors are less than perfect. Our team can help ensure that doesn’t happen.
In this blog, we are going to give you a list of a few things to consider and to look for when buying a home.
Budget and Style
Before you start looking for a home, you will want to make a list of features you want in your home, as well as a budget. Setting a budget is a good way to ensure you don’t buy something way out of your price range. Figure out home much you can afford, what your monthly payments could be, and be sure to stick to the budget.
Then make a list of features you want in your home. How many bedrooms? How big of a home? Do you want a large kitchen? Do you want a home without stairs? Is a big backyard or garage important? Make a list of features that you need in a home and a list of features that you want. Be sure to stick more to your list of needs than your list of wants. You will also want to make a list of what you are looking for in the surrounding area, including schools, neighborhood, a quick work commute, etc.
After you make a list of what you are looking for in a home, our realtors will help find homes that match that list and those features. We know how to find homes that match your requirements and your needs. We will show you a variety of homes and point out the features that the home has that match your list, as well as things to be aware of.
You will want to see a lot of homes before making a decision. This is a big life change and decision and you shouldn’t jump into it just because you think there will be nothing better. Below is a list of things to be aware of while looking at homes.
If you walk into a home that is for sale and a wall of lilac and baked good scents hit you, you should not ignore it. If a home is overly scented, they may be trying to hide something. While they may just want the home to smell nice throughout an open house, this excessive scent could be used to cover up mildew, smoke, the smell of pets, or other unpleasant smells that can be hard to rid a home of.
Check the Roof
A new roof is a huge investment, if you notice the roof of a home you are looking at is sagging, the shingles are falling off, or if it just looks like it will need to be replaced, you may want to move on to the next home. However, if the roof looks new, it could be beneficial to you in more than one way. A new roof could help lower homeowners insurance! So, be sure to check out the roof during your home search.
Take Note of Any Issues
While you tour houses that could potentially become your home, you will want to make note of different issues or things you see. You will likely see a ton of homes and it will be hard to remember what you liked and disliked about different homes. After walking through a home, make a list of things you liked and disliked. This will help you distinguish between homes and help you better figure out which will be best for you. Our realtors will point out any issues that they notice as they walk through homes with you, helping you stop issues that you may not see or things that will be easy to fix.
Get an Inspection
After you find the home that works best for you and fits your needs (and wants), you will want to get an inspection. Getting a home inspection can help make or break your home decision. Home inspectors will be able to tell if there are problems with the foundation, plumbing, if there are any issues with mold, and more. They can help make the decision easier and help determine if a home is right for you.
This is just a short list of things to keep in mind when buying your first home, there are many additional things to consider as well. Our real estate experts can help you find the right home for you and will give you advice on how to find the best home for your needs and budget. Contact us today to learn more!