If you are in the market for a new home in Utah, you are probably getting overwhelmed just thinking about factors such as location, features, and of course, your budget. House-hunting can indeed be stressful, but you can take some of the difficulty out by following a few simple steps.
One of the first things you need to do before even venturing out to look for a new home is to calculate what you can afford and get pre-approved for a loan. Do your research about mortgage in West Jordan and other cities – make sure you shop around and see all of your options before embarking on your house-hunting in earnest. Getting pre-approved for a loan will make the process of buying a home easier and also helps you to stay focused on which homes to consider.
Here are other tips to follow when looking for your dream home.
1. List down the things or features your new home needs to have.
If a property you are looking at doesn’t meet your criteria, cross it off your list.
2. Stay within budget.
The cost of a home is one thing, the cost of moving, getting settled, upgrades, and other home improvements is another. Do the math and make sure the home you are considering won’t give you a financial problem.
3. If possible, check out the particular property in person during different times of the day.
Observe noise levels, the vibe and activity in the neighborhood, and be on the lookout for any potential issues (such as a next-door neighbor with a noisy dog, or a long walk to the bus stop).
4. Document your visit.
When you walk through a house to check it out, take notes and photos and see if it meets the criteria you’ve identified. Bring a small notebook or pad and write down your impressions, such as what you like and don’t like about it. When you’re visiting several properties, it’s easy to jumble details up; having a notebook can help you remember which home was which and allow you to compare the pros and cons of each.
5. Narrow down your options.
Choose your top two or three homes and revisit them, this time being more critical, like a home inspector instead of a buyer. Stay long enough to get a feel of the place. If it feels right, it probably is!
As a potential home buyer, it’s still important to manage your expectations. You may find it extremely difficult to find the house that would fit your idea of “perfect” to a T, so it’s best to be realistic and flexible. There may be a bit of remodeling and upgrades to be done to turn a house into your dream home, but it will be worth it. Good luck and happy house-hunting!