Thank you to for partnering on this post.
Andrew and I are coming up on 4 years since we bought our house. Four years ago we were in the thick of house-hunting. Being first time home buyers we were insanely green and had no idea what we wanted or what to do. Now we are thinking of the next steps. We hope in the next year or two to sell our house and buy another one. With that comes a lot of questions, stresses, and unknowns. But, this time around we do have the house-hunting thing down. So today I want to share my three best house-hunting tips as well as one thing that will help you in selling your home!
Three Best House-hunting Tips
- Make a list of MUSTS: Andrew and I both have our wants and needs with a house. We also have our “wow that would be amazing if we could have that” items. But you need some non-negotiables, that way you don’t find yourself in a house and unhappy. But also be realistic. Maybe you want walk-in closets but also stainless steel appliances. Well, one of those is an easy fix down the road. One is not.
- Use Offerpad: Since this time we will be selling AND buying at the same time we need to make sure we do what’s best for us. That’s where Offerpad comes in. Offerpad helps simplify the home buying and selling process. You can view thousands of options online and you don’t need an appointment to see them! Offerpad allows you to self-tour available Offerpad homes for sale without an appointment or an agent, it’s called Instant Access. This is SO helpful because agents are sometimes hard to get a hold of, especially if you see a house you want to jump on. Fun fact: when we bought our house it went on the market at 4 PM, we saw it at 6, and put an offer in at 8. THE SAME DAY! As far as selling your home with Offerpad it only takes 5 minutes to submit your information to request an offer on your home. And don’t forget, if you choose to accept their offer you have the flexibility to pick and change your closing date, there’s no showings or open houses, free local movers are included, and you can skip the costs of owning two homes. This is one of our biggest fears going into this process.
- Don’t miss out on amazing areas: I had never heard of the suburb we live in until we went to look at our house! My dad suggested looking in this area and it wasn’t even on our radar. Thank god we did! This house was perfect for us and I met some of my best friends living in this area. Don’t get bogged down on the idea of ONE area. You never know what you could be missing out on!
Offerpad really is a great tool to use when buying and I highly suggest checking it out!
What is one of your best house-hunting tips?