Of course, you should trust your instincts, but so much of house hunting is emotional or tied to the past, using some of these tips might help your home-buying decision be more practical. Which house to put an offer on? These steps should help you make the final choice:
- Use the visualization technique for your dream home, too. Do you picture yourself in a lot of natural light or looking out at nothing but nature? Do you want a historic home or a simple, stark condo? Do you want to live in a large home with room to entertain large dinner parties or have the whole family stay overnight for the holidays?
- Take lots of notes and try to note your first impression – you’ll want to be proud of your new home when you have your open house or invite your family.
- Observe the neighborhoods at different times of the day. This can be done on a drive through (but do it on the weekends, weekdays, rush hour, etc.). Are neighbors talking to each other, walking on the street, or using their decks in the evening? Are the streets well lit?
- Don’t ignore red flags. Notice and look for abandoned buildings and vandalism. Look also for too many “For Sale” signs or “For Rent” signs. Listen and smell – something that bothers you a little now (manufacturing plant, traffic, emergency vehicles, military jets, night life) will only get more noticeable, with time.
- Lastly, meet your future neighbors. Talk to at least two. If they won’t talk, they’re probably not going to be great neighbors and if they do talk make sure you ask what they love and what they’d change.
Don’t forget to involve your buyer’s agent – they usually have the inside scoop and will be familiar with your vision and remind you of your “Must Haves” when you’re choosing. If you are looking in Williamsburg, Virginia or the surrounding historical communities, in Virginia, please consider using me as your buyer’s agent!
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Rolf Kramer, REALTOR®, ABR, SRES, e-PRO 757-564-4455
Licensed in Virginia with Liz Moore and Associates, 5350 Discovery Park Blvd, Williamsburg, VA 23188
Williamsburg has become a Mecca for retirees over the past dozen years because of its history, charm, vacation amenities, proximity to major cities and airports, and affordable cost of living. Check out www.retiringinwilliamsburg.com for information about the Williamsburg community, lifestyles available, and search for homes for sale.