The last thing you want to experience after purchasing a home is “buyer’s regret”. That’s the sinking feeling you get when you realize, days or weeks later, that you may have made the wrong decision.
Say, for example, you bought a home based on your first impressions. When you viewed it, you thought it was just perfect. Then, a few weeks after you moved in, you discovered that the bedrooms are smaller than you had originally thought and the street is loud and busy. That wouldn’t be a very good feeling!
That’s why it’s important to become a savvy home viewer. When you visit a property for sale, you need to move past your first impressions and take a comprehensive look at the property and the neighbourhood. That way, there won’t be any unpleasant surprises later on.
Here are some tips on how to do just that:
- Take the time to carefully view each room, including closets and storage areas.
- Make sure you have measurements of all the rooms.
- Imagine yourself living in the home. Where will you have dinner?
- How will your furniture look?
- What is it going to be like to travel to work and school each day?
- Where will your kids play?
- Get a professional home inspection. Then, make sure you read and understand the report.
- Understand and get estimates for any maintenance and repair issues, such as required bathroom upgrades or roof shingles that need replacement.
- Walk the neighbourhood and get a clear sense of what it’s going to be like to live there.
- Carefully consider any negative issues before telling yourself, “I can live with this.”