There are quite a few ways to find homes for sale. You can research online, check with your agent, or even drive around looking for “For Sale” signs. The best way would be to work with your agent and view homes online.
Websites like Zillow and Realtor.Com are great resources in your home search. Just keep in mind that the property may show as available on these websites but they could already be under contract.
What To Consider When Browsing For Homes
Here are some more things you should consider when browsing for homes:
Check to see what the neighborhood looks like and look at the conditions of common areas and other homes. Although the home you are looking at looks good, the neighborhood may not be in a great shape.
Even if you do not have children, checking out the schools in the area is a great idea as it can help you sell the home when it comes time. If you choose a poor school district, you may have a harder tile selling the home in the future.
Although you can check the commute times online, it would be a good idea to actually drive the commute from the home you are looking at to the place you need to be. You may find way more traffic than you were expecting or less, you never know.
How Do I Schedule Showings?
If you are working with an agent, simply let them know that you would like to see a particular house and they will help you set it up. If you are shopping on your own, call the owner or the listing agent if there is one. They will coordinate a showing for you.
What To Look For During Showings
It is important to pay attention to small details as you look at homes. Here are some things that you should consider.
Check to see if the appliances were serviced recently or if they will need to be cleaner, repaired, or replaced after buying.
Check to see if there are any active leaks anywhere or if there are any stains of past leaks under sinks or on ceilings.
Test light switches and plugs to see if they are working properly. Also consider the bulbs and their type as they may not all be brand new LED bulbs/fixtures.