Purchasing a new home should be an exciting decision that benefits you for years to come. But making such a large purchase is no trivial matter, and unfortunately, there are risks involved. Here are some ways to help you avoid making a great decision and avoiding buyer’s remorse.
Don’t Make Impulsive Decisions
If you’ve just toured what seems like the perfect house, it may be tempting to make an offer immediately. After all, you don’t want anyone else to get the house first, right?
But even if you’ve fallen in love with the place at first sight, it’s still wise to give yourself time to weigh all options before committing to anything. Impulse decisions are much more likely to be regretted than well-planned and considered choices.
You may think of factors that didn’t occur to you before, or learn of an even more perfect house somewhere else. Furthermore, waiting will give you a chance to get advice from others who may have information or opinions you ought to consider.
Require a Home Inspection
Getting a home inspection is incredibly important, even if you thoroughly trust the homeowner and have looked over the property yourself. There are many different issues which may require work but are invisible to an untrained eye.
By having a home inspector look for potential problems, you’ll be able to avoid purchasing a house in need of major repair, or you can use the needed repairs to help you negotiate a much lower price and save money.
Consider Long-Term Factors
Before deciding what you want in a house, you should ask yourself what your life is likely to be like a few years from now. Will you have the same job? If you have kids, what will they be doing? If not, do you want kids?
Knowing the answers to these sorts of questions will help you make wise choices about location, house size, and neighborhood. For instance, a house which looks wonderful right now might lose some of its luster when you realize that your toddler would have to attend poor schools a few years from now.
Study the Market
Before you jump into house hunting, study the current housing trends. Are market prices higher than average this year, or have they recently dropped? Are they rising or falling? Learn the average prices for the neighborhood and size of the house you’re looking at. Will you lose money if you try to resell the home?
Considering all factors and choices will help you make a decision which you can be happy about for years to come.
Roman Temkin is a real estate developer in New York City.