ALEXANDRIA, VA, Jan 10, 2011 – When buyers are searching for a new home, their feelings may vary. Some homes might take some time to win you over, while others might immediately strike your fancy. Throughout the process, it’s important to keep an unbiased attitude in order to properly and fairly evaluate each home as an option for your new life.
One of the main factors to think through is the home’s location. “Buyers need to ask themselves all of the important questions that will weigh heavily on their decision-making,” says Todd Hetherington, CEO of Century 21 New Millennium. What will your work commute be like? How heavy will traffic be in the area? Is the school district up to par? Location can affect a home’s value in many different ways. Buyers should ask themselves and their real estate professionals these questions before getting serious about bidding on the property.
Additionally, a buyer must also know exactly what features he or she is looking for in order to narrow down the field of homes. Buyers with pets may want substantial backyards. Families that will soon be growing will want to ensure a specific number of bedrooms and recreational space. Some buyers may not mind a few DIY projects in a new home, while others may want to take a home as-is. “By really knowing what it is that you’re looking for, you can save yourself lots of time and view only the homes that fit your specific criteria,” says Hetherington.
There is no such thing as a stupid question. “Don’t be afraid to ask your agent questions,” says Hetherington. “The answers to some of your questions might make or break your decision.” Questions about city taxes, utilities, appliances, the history of major repairs, service providers, pest problems, and more, should be questioned at every house you view. Buyers want to get everything out on the table at the start of the process so that they can make an educated decision about each property they view.
Lastly, thoroughly scrutinizing a home is key to avoiding any unwanted surprises later down the road. Go through cabinets and closets, and check windows and door frames for any signs of poor construction or damage. Try to criticize the property for its structure instead of hastily picturing what you can do with the place.
When buying a new home, there are many questions to ask and items to consider before deciding on your next move. “With a little bit of homework and preparation, buyers can be sure to make the best decision for their families, and bid and purchase with confidence,” says Hetherington.
For more information on how to prepare for home viewings, please contact us at email@example.com, 800-382-1101 or Century 21 New Millennium.
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