Spring (AKA, buying season) is in full bloom! Here’s what your real estate agent might forget to tell you.
Prepare for repairs.
No matter how many walkthroughs and inspections you do of the house before moving in, you’ll never know what really needs fixing until you actually get settled in. Leaky tap in the kitchen? Washing machine that makes a little too much noise? Small-but-noticeable crack in a bedroom window? By no means do these repairs classify your new place as a fixer-upper—but be prepared to spend some time (and money) on unexpected fixes regardless.
Keep those documents safe.
I’m talking about the deed, the mortgage & promissory note, closing disclosure, purchase contract, home warranty, home inspection reports, and even receipts for any new appliances and renovations. Keep them somewhere safe for as long as you’re living in the home—you never know when you’re going to need to present them or refer back to them!
Don’t forget to change the locks.
You don’t need the babysitter or brother-in-law of your home’s previous owner having a copy of the key to your new digs. It’s always better to play it safe than sorry and swap out all locks as soon as you move in!
Don’t expect your new house to feel like a home right away.
Not feeling cozy and at-home like you did at your last place is no reason for buyer’s remorse! It takes some work to get everything looking and feeling exactly the way you want it to—and it also just takes some time spent living in your new house for it to feel like a home. Enjoy the newness and excitement that comes with moving into a new space, and that feeling of being right-at-home will creep in without you even realizing it.
A successful home-buying experience is all about the details. Don’t forget to ask your agent the little questions, we’re here to help you navigate the process!
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