5 Must have items for your house hunt

Buying a home can be a difficult process for anyone—from first-time homebuyers to experienced property investors looking to expand their property portfolio.

Today’s home buyers are coming into the process much more prepared. They have done the ‘virtual’ research, now they need to physically get out there and take a look at the properties on their shortlist. During their house hunting, these 5 things may help first-time buyers stay competitive in the real estate market.

1. Loan pre-approval

Before you do the legwork to go look at available homes, you need to do some financial legwork. Seek out lenders to see how much you can borrow. You’ll need to submit recent payslips and other financial information that will help lenders determine the price range that you will be able to afford. With mortgage preapproval, sellers will see you as a serious buyer, before you even decide if you’re serious about their home!

2. A “needs” and “wants” list

It is one thing to view an online listing and be attracted to the features you see in photos. However, it is another thing to walk into a home and be blinded by that beauty—so much so that you overlook important home features that you’re seeking. Want a home with enough room for a playroom or office? Need to have wood flooring? Be sure to carry your list of “must haves” and “nice to haves” with you when you’re browsing through homes.

3. A camera

Ok, we get it. In today’s tech-savvy world, you probably just need to make sure you don’t forget your smartphone. When you’re out looking at homes, you may want to take photos of certain features or rooms that you like so you can envision your own things there. You may also want to have pictures to help you figure out how to decorate. It is also possible that you’ll want to remember certain features that you are not so fond of. Document your house-hunting trips by taking photos. It will also help you remember which features were in which house.

4. A tape measure

In addition to taking photos of a potential home, it may not hurt to do a little measuring while you’re there. Maybe you’ll need to find out if your couch, fridge or other furniture will fit in a room. Maybe you’ll simply want to measure windows, so that you can start shopping for curtains. You may be surprised just how useful a tape measure can be when you’re house hunting.

5. Your real estate agent

Another important element for your house hunt is your professional helper! Not only can you rely on your real estate agent to arrange your showings, but you also can rely on your agent to attend them with you! Your agent may be able to bring extra knowledge about a home’s features, the neighbourhood or local amenities. Your agent also will be able to help you submit an offer when you find the home that is right for you.

Do you have what you need to start your house hunting? Let us help.

Contact a trusted One Agency Robert Mure real estate professional and get your house-hunting process started today!

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