Congratulations! You are considering buying a home. Whether this is your first home or your tenth, the process is very similar. Many people forget the very first steps when it comes to purchasing a home. We know, it can be very exciting, but since it is one of the most important financial decisions in your life, it’s important to ensure that every step, especially the beginning ones are completely properly. Keep reading to find out what they are!



Hire an agent



Hiring an agent is crucial. Some people think saving some money and skipping and agent is a good idea. This can end up being extremely costly. An agent will help you with the entire process, they will save you time by considering homes that you are interested in, and they can even save you money by negotiating correctly when the time comes to purchase the home. When choosing an agent, make sure that you do your research. Don’t be afraid to ask for references and look up reviews online. A great agent can ensure you find the exact home you are looking for.




Get pre-approved




Almost everyone needs a mortgage before purchasing their home. It’s always a good idea to find out exactly how much your quality for prior to looking at homes. Can you imagine finding your dream home and learning it’s $100,000 more than you are approved for? This process can save you a heart break and save you time. Make sure to share the amount with your agent so they know what to stay under.




Get a home inspection




Never buy a home without getting it inspected thoroughly. The sellers have probably already had one, but it is important to have your own complete. This will allow you to negotiate the price down if you find anything wrong. It also may save you a huge headache if they find severe issues with the home.



Do your research




Although you may not know every detail you are looking for before starting to look at homes, it’s good to come up with a small game plan. Is there an area of town you are looking to live in? How many bedrooms? Can it have only one floor? How big of a yard do you want? These are all little but important details to think about and perhaps know before going and looking at homes.




These tips might seem simple, but many people get so excited about the home buying process, they forget these beginning steps. If you are ready to purchase a home, we want to help you find the perfect fit. Contact us today to get started!