Starting your Knoxville home search can be an exciting process. Unfortunately, if you’re not prepared, you can make your home search a lot more difficult and frustrating if your not properly prepared.
In order to make your Knoxville home search easier we’re offering up 5 quick and dirty tips to make your Knoxville home search easier.
Do Find Your Own Agent
After you start thinking about buying a house, you may drive by something you like or find something online. In many cases, buyers will just call up the list agent to take a peek a the home, without realizing that the list agent already represents the interests of the seller.
Prior to starting your home search, find yourself an agent that represents you (it’s free – the seller will pay your agent commission). An agent can help alert you to new homes hitting the market and will help take care watching out for your best interest.
Don’t Bring The Whole Peanut Gallery
You’re probably really excited about searching for a home. You may feel tempted to bring your kids, parents, or other family members. Unfortunately, bringing a whole slew of people can complicated the experience for you as a buyer. You don’t need to hear what your mom loves about a home. You need to see a home through your eyes. Having a opinions of other people can be distracting to you as a buyer, so the first rounds of showings should be kept small.
Once you find a home that you love, it’s great to bring friends and family member to come back with you for a second look. It can be helpful to have a second opinion from someone who is neutral. At the point, you’ve already seen the house and know why you like a house.
Don’t Rule A Home Based On Simple Fixes
Paint, flooring, and old appliances can all easily be replaced, so if you don’t like certain aesthetics about a home, it’s important not to rule it out too quickly. If the price is right on a home and takes into account that those upgrades need to be made, you shouldn’t necessarily run from the home too quickly
If the overall bones of a house are good, you can always make the upgrades you want when you move in. You’ll just need determine if that is something you want to take on as a buyer.
Don’t Fall In Love With The Home Right Away
When you find the right home, it can sometimes hard not to fall head over heels for it, particularly if you’ve been searching for homes for awhile. Still, it’s important to keep some of those emotions in check as you write an offer and go through inspections.
If a home has significant inspection issues, don’t let your love of your home blind you from the fact that that damage will be expensive to fix.
Do Listen To What Your Realtor Has To Say
You ultimately hired an agent to help you with your home search. He or she is there to help you through the process and answer your questions. Sometimes buyers can think they know more than people in the business and will not heed a Realtor’s advice. Any advice a Realtor is giving you comes from experience in the business, it’s your choice whether you take it or not, just keep in mind they’re there to help you.
Are you thinking about buying a Knoxville home this year? Please let us know if there is anyway that Knoxville Home Team can assist you. Rick can be reached at 865-696-9002 or via email at [email protected]. Kati can be reached at [email protected]. Also, be sure to check out our Knoxville Home Search Page.
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