4 Common House Hunting Mistakes to Avoid

Improve your chances of finding your dream home by avoiding these mistakes.

As most home owners can attest, looking for the perfect house can be a challenge. Most of the time, you will find houses that do not meet your standards. Other times, you will find a house that you love only to learn later on that it is outside your price range. And the list goes on and on. Needless to say, the process of finding your dream home can be an emotional roller coaster.

To help you find your ideal home as efficiently and as painlessly as possible, here are some common house hunting mistakes every future home owner should avoid.

Not letting your realtor do her job. Most house hunters call the number on the sign or go by themselves when they happen to drive by a property they find interesting. Don’t commit the same mistake since you may only be wasting your time by doing so. Your realtor may not have included this particular property on the list for a reason (maybe it doesn’t meet your search criteria or price range).

This may also give the seller the impression that you are unrepresented and put you on the losing end of the bargaining scale. When you find yourself in this situation, the best thing that you can do is to call your realtor with the property address and phone number and let her do her research about the property.

Driving separate cars. If you will be viewing multiple properties, consider taking a ride with your realtor. This will give you the chance to let your realtor know what you think about the properties you have viewed so that he (or she) can find the ideal home for you and your family.

Rushing through the viewing process. Don’t schedule anything for at least two hours when viewing a property. For all you know, you may find a particular house that you really like and would like to spend more time there. You may also be in luck and find the perfect house. When this happens, you may immediately want to make an offer ? and this can surely take a little bit more of your time.

Wearing the wrong outfit. Consider wearing comfortable clothes so you can freely move around when exploring the house. Don’t wear lace-up shoes since most listing agents would usually put up a “please remove shoes” sign to keep the flooring clean. Slip on shoes and flip flops would be your best bet since you don’t have to tie and untie them every time you view a new house.

Looking for your ideal house can be very challenging but you can be sure that the rewards are surely well worth all the effort.