Buying a property
4. Find and visit homes
This is usually the most enjoyable step.
Don’t forget to save your results!
When executing a search, create an alert to be notified of any new properties on the market.
Modify your needs?
It’s okay to modify your criteria. Perhaps you’d rather swap the idea of a crafts studio in order to live closer to work and cut your commute by 30 minutes a day (or three work weeks per year). Perhaps an older home that needs a little bit of work will give you more space and light.
- Get there a few minutes early to get a look at the area and the exterior
- Bring a copy of the listing
- Write down any questions you may have (don’t rely on memory)
- See all the rooms, including the garage and the attic. Don’t forget the backyard!
- Be open-minded. Don’t like the decor? You can easily repaint and redecorate once the owner has vacated the premises.
- Take notes, even photos (but ask permission first!).
- Be polite and courteous – good manners make negotiations easier!
The more homes you visit, the more you will understand what’s available according to your criteria and budget. After several visits, you’ll get a better idea of what is within your budget.
When you finally find the home you want, start negotiating with the seller and perhaps, make an offer.
Next step :Negotiate with the seller.