You have decided that it is time to move. You've made your list and checked it twice...(your list of things your new home must have and things you would like it to have.) You have your loan pre-qualification letter in hand and your favorite Realtor by your side. Let the house hunting begin! We have put together a handy list of items needed for you to create your very own House Hunters Survival Kit. After all, you are not picking out a microwave, you are making one of the largest purchases of your life. Making sure you have these items will keep the process enjoyable and make it all flow more smoothly.
Here in Maine in the winter, that means boots. We hope the sellers have cleared the snow and ice, but you never know. They may have cleared the driveway and walkways, but if you want to poke around the back yard, you'll want to have your boots on.
Clip board, paper, and pencil
Making a list of the homes you will see with space left for adding your comments is a great idea. After each home tour, jot down a few notes about what you liked best and any challenges for each home. These notes will become invaluable when it comes time for you to decide which home suits your needs the best.
A Camera (or smart phone)
Trust us, after you have viewed a half dozen homes, they will start to blur together and you may forget which is which. Snapping a few photos of the homes you like will go a long way towards helping you keep them straight.
After all, you need to keep up your strength and energy.
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Sense of Humor
This one is a must have. There are bound to be a few stressful moments caused by something you and your Realtor® cannot control. It is always best to find the humor in the moment and move on.
Don't let yourself get dragged down. Remember, you are choosing the place you and your family will call home for years to come. You might find it right away, or it may take a little time. Never forget that this is an exciting time in your life.
An Ounce of Patience...OK, maybe a gallon would be better
Buying a home is a process. There may be others who are also interested in the home that you want. There may be some issues that arise during inspections, the appraisal, or final loan approval. However, there is a great home for everyone. Keep your eyes on the prize. Once you find THE one, you may feel like you want to skip over the whole process and just move in. Take a deep breath and let your trusted Realtor® guide you through the process and the remaining hurdles. Your patience will pay off. Once your offer is accepted, inspections are complete, the appraisal is done, and final loan approval received, you will sign on the dotted line and get the prize at the end...a new home for you and your family.