I wanted to talk to you today about some stuff to do while you’re out shopping, okay? I know people don’t usually need a lot of help to know how to shop; however, when you’re out looking at a house or multiple houses you’re going to need some basics handled. So I want to talk to you about that today.
So the first thing we’re going to do is we are going to give you two things to bring: I’m going to make sure you bring snacks and you bring your checkbook.
Now you might be wondering why I am telling you to do that, okay. So a lot times you’re looking at homes after everyone is off of work, so if you have not eaten beforehand that’s also something you can do is eat before your Realtor takes you out to look at houses.
Generally, it’s going to be more than one house that you’re going to go look at so eating beforehand OR bringing snacks will be super helpful. Because no one needs to be walking into other people’s homes while you’re hungry. You can’t focus. You can’t you can’t put it all together, right?
So in order to make sure you’re prepared for your event while you’re out looking at houses, get some food in your belly. And if you don’t have time to do before, take snacks with you. Just bring them with you. It’s it just makes life a lot easier.
The second thing I’m going to ask you to bring is your checkbook, because you’re going to need to be prepared. If you fall in love with a house and you don’t have your checkbook and you can’t put an offer in.
Bring your checkbook because you’re going to need to be able to write the check for your EMD, your Earnest Money Deposit, to include with your offer. Bring your checkbook.
Also, wear comfortable shoes. Shoes are a biggie. What If you’re going up stairs? What if it’s got a big backyard? What if you want to go down by the river? If you’re a woman and you’re in heels or if you’re a man and you’re in work boots because you just got off work or any kind of funky shoes while on this field trip, it could take a toll.
You need to be comfortable. So make sure you’ve got some comfortable shoes to be traipsing in and around. It’s same thing for us Realtors, we have to make sure we can get to all the same places too. Take my advice and just do this. So far you’ve got a full belly, comfortable shoes, and you’ve got your checkbook.
Next up is I want you to be able to take notes somehow, some way. You can do it on your phone. Your realtor will give you the printout of all the details on the house so you can use that and take notes. And you can always take pictures, right? We love pictures, because you’re done for the day, you’re going to want to review each house separately. Pictures and notes help.
If you write the notes down while you’re out shopping you are going to be so much happier when you’ve had time to get home, process what you’ve seen, see how it all went and, you know, kind of kind of replay the day. Without those you’ll be like, “What were the floors like?” “Which house had the backyard with the pool and slide?” “What was the deal with that one?” Notes are important.
And then finally, I want you to remember to have a good time. You’re buying a house, friend! You’re buying a condo! You’re buying your first Home with your spouse. You’re moving up, you’re moving down; it’s a good time in your life. Have a good time!
With a few exceptions, house hunting is fun. You’ve done all of your online searches, gotten a Realtor you trust, now go have some fun. Dream a little. Dream a lot! Not everyone gets this opportunity, so enjoy it. It’s awesome. And I want you to have a good time and enjoy the process; because once you find your home, then you’re on to a whole different phase of the purchase process.
Hopefully this information was helpful to you! Happy Shopping!