I was driving home after a long, cold, rainy day of showing over 7 houses in a 4 hour period. I realized there are 5 things to consider when preparing to house hunt. As a professional home shopper, I already know these things because I do it almost daily - but maybe you’ve never house hunted before and you have no idea what to expect. This article is for you!
1 - Be on Time.
Real Estate Agents have to schedule appointments for every house you want to see. This takes a great deal of coordination, especially if you’re trying to see more than 2 houses at a time. We plan an optimal route, time between destinations, time at each house to look, and plan for hiccups. Usually an appointment is scheduled for a 15-30 minute time window. Owners need to prepare their house for the showing, pack up pets and kids, and go do something for that time. If you’re late, it can send the wrong message to the Home Owner and totally kill the schedule the Real Estate Agent has planned. Be on time.
2 - Wear Comfortable Shoes.
You will be on your feet - A LOT. Not only will you be on your feet, you will be all over the exterior of the house while shopping. Wear shoes that can withstand the elements. Wear shoes that you can put on and take off quickly as some home owners request you remove shoes before you traipse across their brand new white carpet.
3 - Check the Weather.
Check the weather and dress accordingly. It can rain in Florida - it can also be cold or extremely hot. The temperature can change significantly in a matter of hours. Dress in layers and pack an umbrella.
4 - Pack a Snack.
If you’re out looking at more than 2 houses in a time period, definitely pack a snack. Unless you previously plan this with your Real Estate Agent, chances are they aren’t scheduling time for a quick food run. Pack a snack for the car ride. My go-to snacks are almonds, bananas, veggies, and water.
5 - Take Notes.
You may think you’ll remember that the second house had the fence with the gap that you’ll have to replace because your dog will escape if you don’t. Or wait, was that the third house with the white cabinets and the stain in the carpet? The best thing you can do is discipline yourself to take notes on every house - pros/cons/features/upgrade potential, etc. Take a photo or video even! Anything that will help you remember the fine details of each home.
There you have it! 5 tips for making the house hunting process a little more enjoyable. What best practices do you have? Comment below!