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How To Stay Organized During Your House Hunt

Before you begin to search for a new home, it is very helpful to have a checklist of what you’re looking for a home. There are a lot of beautiful houses out there that you can find and as you walk through an open house, you could easily get swept away by a home’s most charming detail. So, it is helpful that you keep track of everything that you see. In order for you to stay organize and focus. This is to make sure that you are making the right decision as you hunt for a new home.

These tips can help you stay organized and focus on the important things that you need to take note during the house hunting process.


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Can you afford to buy a house? Buying a home is going to be the biggest purchase of your life, so make sure you can handle it because if you’ve made a mistake even if it’s just small, can cost you a lot. You may ask yourself some questions like, Can I really afford to buy a home? Do I have extra money to pay for any additional expenses? Or, is your work stable enough to shoulder your mortgage?

Set Your Priorities

Before you begin to search for a home, create a list to write down all the things that you need and things you want to have for your new home. When you’re making your list, start with the basics: your budget, square footage, number of bedrooms, bathrooms, a large kitchen etc. This way it will not only help you to stay on track and focus but it will also help you to make a decision much easier before buying a new home.

 Make A Comparison

After attending several open houses or showings, it becomes difficult to stay on track on the features of each property. So it would be better if you have a checklist to bring along to each property and take note of everything that you see during and after each tour. This will serve as an instrument or as your personal guide to help you make things much easier, especially when you look back and when you’re making a comparison.

Good Location

Location is also one of the most important things that you have to consider in buying a new home. Of course you would want your home to be accessible to your work, schools, shopping malls, hospitals and to other conveniences that you need in your daily life.

Bring Your Family or Friend

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When viewing a property for the first time, you’ll get so excited and overwhelmed which makes it difficult for you to stay on focus. You might not notice some problems like crack on the wall, stains, condition of the roof, lack of storage space, etc. That is why it is very helpful if you bring along a friend, a family member or your partner. This way, they can help you see these issues and you’ll be able to get their opinions as well.



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The Drawbacks Of An Open House

open-house-778_1920Real estate agents offer the services of open house when doing their listings. Sellers also believed that open houses are a great way to attract potential home buyers. Is an open house necessary when selling a home? In my previous blog I have talked about the benefits of doing an open house. However, even if there are advantages of doing an open house in a real estate there are also some disadvantages as well

Here are some of the disadvantages of doing an open house.

Wrong Kind of Traffic

Having the fact that when you do an open house you may get a number of different people walking through your home and viewing it, but there are only few legitimate buyers. Some of the people who come to look at your home can’t even afford the listing price because there is no pressure to buy it, or there’s no screening process.

Open House Addicts

There are also people who frequently go to an open house without the intention of buying the property. Others will go as pastime, since open houses are usually done during weekend.

The Dreamer

You do an open house it does not mean that every people who walk through your home and to view can afford to buy it. Everyone has the right to dream of owning a nicer, bigger and better home someday and open house gives them the chance to the experience of buying a new home.

 The Idea Person

We cannot deny the fact that there are also some people who will go open house to hunt for ideas for their own homes. The idea person love visiting real estate open houses because by doing so they were able to get ideas about the designs of your home and your paint choices. Some of them may even pretend that they are really interested in buying your home but the truth is they are just getting idea on how it was done.

Nosy Neighbors

Real estate open houses can also draw in curios neighbors. Some of them may be great neighbors some of them may be not. But when you do an open house, you may not want them wandering around you house unfortunately; there is no way to stop them.


Doing an open house may draw in potential buyers but knowing
your home is open all day to strangers could also attract burglar. It also allows people to look around of your home with little to no supervision and can give them the opportunity to plan out their crime. So you have to make sure that when you do open houses ensure that all possible entrances to your home are secure.

Possibility Of Theft

If you’re going to do an open house, make sure to remove all your personal belongings and valuable items before the open house event. During the open house the possibility of theft does exist.
Criminals might steal your valuable items and some important things to your home.