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Fluent home shoppers know what they are looking into when they are touring prospective houses or attending an open house. Others just put up a front criticizing the property as if the property ever did anything to them. Some try to engage the Realtor® with compliments and remarks just to say, “I know more about the real estate than you so I don’t need to ask anything.”
Before we go any further; I would like you to feel that buying property is as important as buying any other necessaries for your life so practice every bit of care. And that includes buying the resources and appurtenances that comes with the transaction. I take no issue with your scrutiny of any property, it is for you to decide. However, an informed decision can save you and all the brokers you encounter a lot of trouble and remorse.
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What to look for in the property while you are on tours: Do ask the broker, either yours or the one hosting your tour, questions that have some significance. Don’t be paranoid and ask questions to show-up the broker. Besides; what does it matter how long the property been on the market – are you too fortunate that for it to be waiting for you? A better question is why is it on the market. And to that extent, do you find that of any significance either?
You are evaluating the “stuff” to see whether it is a good deal for you to negotiate acquiring it. That’s it. So:
- Look at the edges of the property. Learn the boundaries of your future acquisition. Before you run inside to see how clean or how dirty the present occupants are keeping it, look at the outside, the top, the bottom the sides and so forth. Look at the fences, the edges and how much of it will be included in yours. Ask the Realtor® how much lot is included and if yours to be is a condominium; examine the Common Area Maintenance such as the lobby and hallways. (One condo owner bought a 3-level waterfront condominium and could not move his California sized king bedroom suite in his condo without breaking out the door header.) Look on the outside for items of consequence. That’s why your tours are to be attended. That’s what the broker is paid for helping you with.
Determine the curb appeal. Is it appealing to you or is it appealing to the broker? That is the question. The property can grow on you so take time to imagine yourself owning and holding it. What would you do differently? What would you maintain the same? Do you like the colors that it is painted?
Remember, paint colors are just like household cleanliness — you not paying for either of them.
Could you make it better for your taste? Don’t ignore the colors of the paint. Note how much of it is already applied. You can see if it has been painted over and over and over again without any scraping to remove the previous coats. Imagine your complimentary colors as much as your imagination and taste will allow. If you are in your FOCUS consult, you should have your color charts in hand. Otherwise have them in mind.
Last turn before going inside, is the outside well kept? Most sellers will give the property a good trim before placing it on the market for sale. So you won’t know that wild vines that are hanging on the other side of the fence or edging are a nightmare to tame. Look for signs that you should increase your yard work budget. Whether you do it yourself or will hire out, do appoint a cost to it. It’s rather important in the future. My point is, get to know the property. Don’t be afraid to venture around the outside the envelope you are contemplating
Enter and disregard furnishings. Was the door easy to open or did you have to turn around, back in or turn sideways to open it. Watch the broker carefully as they open it for you. Ask to try if you can. Otherwise, if you are at an Open-House, ask the attending broker.
Is the foyer separate or non-existent because you enter into the living room? Disregarding the present occupants’ furnishing is the best way to submerse yourself into the property and knowing if you can make it into your home. Most properties are staged and the ideas that the professional home modeler employed could be very compelling and appealing to the unsuspecting shopper. But you know different. Other properties are vacant especially if it is just renewed. Most brokers recommend that occupants thin out their furnishings while the property is advertised. So, pay no attention to what is there. Consider it all to be clutter and it will be gone when your artistry is in full decorating mode.
How and where is that for cooking? The kitchen. Most brokers advise the only way to really improve a kitchen is to renovate it. However the avid home shoppers need to know more than, “there is a stove, a sink with faucets in the counter top adorned with cabinets and a refrigerator in some room off to the rear of the structure.
Any freshly prepped and cleaned kitchen can appeal to shoppers. Especially if you are shopping because your present kitchen is difficult to keep clean. Look for the newest equipment and a cabinet if that is important to you. Otherwise see yourself using them and how practical they will be for your purpose. Nobody likes a messy kitchen and even less people want to clean it up after they use it. Look for features that present easy cleaning. Your kitchen may have the newest stainless steel surfaced appliances. Yet, if the area or room is compartmentalized off from the other areas of the house, it could seem like prison sentence for you to do something as enjoyable as preparing your meals. What could you change about the kitchen in that house you are touring to make it yours?
Again. Will cleaning up or cooking lead you into choosing one or the other? I make this consideration for you heavily. Sooner or later you will decide whether it is a joy to entertain or 80-hour week to keep your kitchen presentable. I rephrase; if you do not like your home, eventually you will live away from it. Or you will want to do more of your living outside of your home. So much so that it will be as if it is not worth the mortgage you are repaying.
Average shoppers envision buying a new house and most buyers have remorse for just that common reason so sellers will renew the kitchen before they market their property. Make sure you can live with it as it is or if you are in FOCUS consult, be sure to anticipate changing it to suit you.
Enough rooms? This question may seem commonplace because it is the first classification one look into. However besides your immediate family, will you need to host visitors from time to time? How much room will your growing children want before they empty your nest? Most people want a den or a play-room while others do not like anyone laying on their sofas much less any couch-surfers. It’s good to take those considerations in mind while you are touring properties. I do not want to complicate matters, but discuss it with your Realtor® if you have no partners to help you sass it out.
Make the largest room the master or see if there could be a suite. Classic houses did not necessarily appoint a master bedroom. Modern designs are building multiple suites that buyers can choose for the master. If you like classical structures are well established, you may opt to modify the design if you require a master suite. Look to see if that is probable and how much such an effort may cost. Most millennial buyers prefer every bedroom to have its own adjoining bathroom so you will find the classically reconstructed houses in the urban areas coming on the market with fewer bedrooms than originally laid out.
Generally painting. Two things you should be prepared for after purchasing your property are changing the lock-sets and painting the walls your colors. If you are buying the existing colors or lack of colors on the walls, then you are not a Custom Homemaker. I know it’s not a big issue for most so I will not deliberate upon it much. You will repaint within the next 7 years anyway so you can express yourself then. However while touring do take note of any deficiencies in the painting. Sellers will correct or credit their buyers if they tried to sell it as a new “paint job.”
Lookout the windows. Most shoppers ask if these are new windows and tend to subordinate willingly for brand name labels without paying attention to the view. It will be more likely there are several windows to the room if one window is facing a wall. Architects do not design windows to face walls. However, inner-city properties could have this issue with constructions and reconfiguration of new property owners. So do pay attention.
Stand firm on carpeting or solidly on hardwood flooring. What are your preferences? If the house suits all your other requirements and do not have the type of floor covering you prefer, would that be a deal breaker? Be prepared to argue the points of whether the carpet should be changed or whether hardwood flooring should be installed. If not with the sellers agent before you commit to buying the property, then with your accounts after you buy. Nowadays it is a relatively cost efficient customizing comfort one can have.
Electrically connected, mechanically sound and plumb to fit. I leave this for the last because I do not want you to overwhelm yourself. These items can wait for your Home Inspector to delve into. Other than the obvious missing and malfunctioning fixtures one should rely upon the professional home inspection to argue those points. What I will admonish you to do is, “ATTEND YOUR HOME INSPECTION”
Don’t just pay for a home inspection because your broker says you should get one. Without you there asking questions about what controls what and where each conveniences are, you are just buying walls, with a roof, some floors and bunch of equipment. Check this: When I was overseeing new homes, one occupant sent a 3-page letter to my office complaining that we have not turned on the gas and his built-in oven was not functioning. It would have been my responsibility as the home was still under the builders’ warranty. However, it was an all-electric home. The point is and I can’t emphasize it enough, do participate in your home inspection. Nothing else can guarantee your purchase more than you’re fully informed of how to use it.
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