Buying a home can be extremely stressful, even if you aren’t looking to buy “right now”. The process can be tough. Here are a few tips to take into consideration and manage your stress during the house hunt.
Know what you want
Before you start looking take some time to think of what you want it a home. We suggest making a list, perhaps creating a pros and cons list! This way you can communicate with your realtor and set the guidelines before the search begins.
Start looking in advance
Give yourself enough time to look at houses and settle the idea of potentially calling a place your new home. Don’t wait till you NEED to find a home. This little step will remove a large portion of the stress and will also help avoid any “impulse” decision making.
We suggest getting pre-approved for your mortgage loan in advance. This will save time and ensure you are good to go! If you don’t manage to get pre-approved this will give you some time to clean up your credit score and finalize what kind of budget you have when looking for your new home.
Be a note taker
After checking out homes and going to a few open houses you may start to forget what interested you on a specific property. We recommend taking notes at every property to help you compare and contrast when making the decision. Note down key selling points, location, surrounding areas, and things that you did not like.
Don’t get attached
Don’t fall to hard when you think you found the home for you. Keep the sentiments out during this process; avoid planning out furniture, baby bedrooms and such for now. There is a chance that someone may purchase the house before you or have a better offer. We suggest keeping a casual attitude and keeping your options open.