If you’re like most house hunters, you’re likely having a difficult time finding your dream home. There might be a few close options, but none that are absolutely perfect. Wyndham Capital Mortgage specializes not only in setting customers up with the perfect home loan, we also want to give them a helping hand when it comes to finding the perfect home. Learn three tricks for pinning down the perfect home.
1. Manage Your Expectations
One of the absolute best things you can do for yourself while searching for the perfect home is to properly manage your expectations. Know that perfection is relative, and that your definition of the perfect home can change over the months and years. Even if you build your home, there’s still a chance that it won’t be 100 percent perfect. Learn how to be flexible and find out the difference between what you want in a home and what you need in a home. You might be surprised at how quickly an okay home becomes the perfect home once you’ve added your own unique touch to the property. Focus more on potential and less on absolute perfection.
Rather than aim for some of the most common and the most modern features in a home, look at your life and what would serve you best. For instance, if you have a high-stress job, your idea of the perfect home might be one with a luxury master bathroom where you can unwind after a long day and have a bathroom layout that makes it easy for you to get ready for work every morning. Choose three to five essential features and stick to them while exploring properties.
2. Get a Thorough Home Inspection
All that glitters most certainly isn’t gold, and the best way to determine that is with a careful inspection. Before you jump at the chance to make an offer on a seemingly perfect home, be sure you have the property carefully and fully inspected by a licensed and experienced home inspector. The inspection might reveal major areas of the home that need improvement, which you don’t want to find out about after you’ve made an offer on the property and have moved in and gotten settled. We understand that you likely don’t want to pay more than absolutely necessary for a home inspection, but such an investment can potentially save you thousands of dollars in home improvements, not to mention spare you the feeling of being trapped in a property that’s more of a money-suck than a home.
During the inspection, be sure you’re present so that you can ask the inspector questions if need be. If repairs or upgrades do need to be made, make sure the inspector provides you with estimates. Depending on the locality, your home inspector may or may not be allowed to give you advice as to whether you should by the house.
3. Make a Comparison Chart
Most hopeful homeowners look at several properties before narrowing their options. To make this step of the process easier, it’s best that you make a comparison chart to see how each property stacks up to the other. Before making this chart, know what you want out of a home, that way you won’t be blinded by seemingly fantastic home features that you don’t really need. Take notes as you look at properties, and give yourself time to make additional notes after you’ve scoped out a potential property before heading off to the next one. You might also want to take pictures of each home and organize them so you can remember particulars about each property.
These are just three suggestions for standing a better chance of finding your dream home. Always go with your instincts, and try not to rush out of fear that someone else will snatch up the property.