3 Important House Hunting Tips

by Ryan Christensen 04/03/2024

Finding the perfect home takes plenty of strategy and careful thought. However, with so many important factors to consider, the process can be overwhelming. Here are some tips to make your house hunting journey simpler:

Prioritize price

It's easy to feel discouraged if you don't immediately find options in your price range. Budget is likely at the top of your mind when house hunting, but don't let a number deter you from continuing your search. Housing markets are always changing, meaning price and availability fluctuation. This makes working with a real estate agent extremely beneficial, as they can provide expert advice and often find listings you might otherwise miss. Compromising on price is always an option, but don't give up if your numbers don't match the market right away.

Know what you can change

It's common to find a house that meets your criteria but has unappealing features. Things like decor, paint color and landscaping can be distracting, especially if they don't match your taste. However, you can always repaint and replant a garden after buying the home, so don't let unappealing details keep you from choosing an otherwise perfect home.

It's also important to know what aspects of a home you can't change, such as the location, neighborhood and architectural style. If any of these major issues arise in your home search, it might be time to consider other options.

Ask questions

When you tour a house either in-person or virtually, it's crucial to ask questions. Whether you communicate with an agent or the seller directly, inquire about things you wouldn't learn from a visit. Some examples of good questions to ask include:

When were major systems or appliances last updated or replaced? (Plumbing, HVAC, dishwasher, etc)

How old is the roof?

How comfortable is the house during hot or cold weather?

What exactly is included in the sale? (Light fixtures, window treatments, appliances)

Questions like these can help you identify potential issues or hidden benefits. Try making a list of questions to ask beforehand to help you remember the basics and inquire about other details as they arise.

House hunting is different for everyone. While most buyers follow the same basic steps, the experience varies dramatically depending on your focus. Keep these tips in mind during your home search to make the best decision.

About the Author

Ryan Christensen

Responsive, Responsible and Resourceful - How Real Estate Should Be. This is the foundation of our continued success: responsive service, providing accurate and timely information, and demystifying the process. 100% of my business is referral based because I listen to my clients' needs and exceed their expectations. As a full-time real estate broker, I am the best advocate for both my buyers and sellers. I am always available, regardless of the time of day.

 Being a native Southern Californian is a tremendous advantage. I know the area. Time is more valuable than money, but neither can be wasted. And, I'm a fan of hard work. My clients can enjoy their home buying and/or selling experience because I provide a trusting, focused, straightforward approach. I look forward to helping you achieve your goals and find joy in homeownership.

 I am both a licensed Real Estate and Mortgage Broker. Others choose to concentrate on one or the other. I provide a higher level of service and expertise than those who do not obtain this dual skill set, which differentiates me from other service providers. My decisions and advice are based solely on what is in the best interest of my clients. I use Real Estate Sales as a tool to make sure my clients get the home that meets or exceeds their needs. As a Mortgage Broker, I search for the best loans so I can offer lower rates and pricing than my financing competition. This certainly IS in the client's best interest.