5 Tips On Staying Organized While House Hunting
People love options in every facet of their lives whether it be varying color schemes, models of vehicles, types of drinks, or even places to eat. Although this flexibility is desired it can oftentimes lead to pitfalls when searching for properties to purchase. Run a quick internet search showing all properties ranging from multiple numbers of bathrooms and bedrooms, include garages and basements. Don’t forget the “required” spacious backyard.
Ultimately the number of permutations of property configurations is endless so homebuyers tend to become paralyzed in the sea of potential selections. The best method to counteract this paralysis is by becoming borderline obsessive with organization. From setting priorities to reviewing excruciatingly detailed notes, being organized allows a homebuyer to remain focused on the finish line while minimizing the superfluous options. Follow the guidelines below to become targeted in choosing homes by narrowing options.
Narrowing down choices begins by creating a filtering mechanism. This mechanism is generated via a set list of priorities encompassing hard set requirements as well as nice to haves. Using these priorities allows homebuyers to quickly sift through the large number of properties and narrow down to those that meet your hard set requirements. Here are a few considerations to help formulate an initial priority list:
- Price range
- Number of bedrooms / bathrooms
- Location (e.g., proximity to schools, hospitals, restaurants)
- One story vs. two story
- Corner lot
- Amenities: swimming pool, backyard, dining room, den, garage
Factor in travel time
While searching for properties, identify and track properties that meet the priority list for future reference. Once a large collection of possible considerations has been pinpointed, note each property’s travel time from your current location. This is a crucial step that pays off when visiting open houses or setting up individual viewings with a real estate agent. Reducing the overall travel time will minimize the amount of effort exerted in the end. The last thing anyone wants to do is make a significant financial decision because they are bored, exhausted, or frustrated!
Begin viewing multiple houses
You’re about to buy a home so this is the fun part! Yes, it may become exhausting viewing 10 to 30 properties before settling on a winter, but having multiple properties to compare is essential. Attempt to line up multiple viewings over a single weekend and coordinate each one based on the factored in travel times suggested above.
Utilizing this process will streamline the viewing process and help hone your priority list faster. Consider viewing properties that are farther away first and work back towards your current home base. This eliminates any long distance driving at the end of the viewings.
Take detailed notes
Unless you have a photographic memory, considering utilizing a spiral notebook and writing down negatives about each property. Don’t just focus on the aspects that you dislike because the probability of finding the “perfect” home is slim to none. Write down everything about the house that stood out to you – the good, the bad, and the ugly. This information is perfect as a secondary filter system in order to narrow down selections as well as refine the priorities list too.