During the search for your next home, you will visit many properties and you need to be proactive in finding out more information about the property and the community. At Duffy Realty of Atlanta, we know that, as a buyer, you have the right to know and ask about any pertinent information about a property. Here are some recommendations for things you need to do during a showing as well as things you have the right to ask about and know about a property.
Take notes and stay organized.
When you are out visiting properties, you might find that it becomes hard to keep them all straight. Did you like that house with the deck? Or was that the house that backed up to a busy street? No, that one had that great master bath. How can you possibly remember every house you saw and which features you liked or disliked about each one? The only way to keep track of the houses you visited is by some kind of system. Take a notebook to every home you visit. Write down the address and neighborhood each property is in. Then, create categories such as price, location, condition, kitchen, master, baths, curb appeal, etc. and rank each category on a scale from 1 to 5 or 1 to 10. By each ranking, write some notes about why you ranked it as such. You could note the color of the walls or the cabinetry, so you can keep the visuals straight in your head with each property. You will be grateful you took such detailed notes later when you are discussing which home is right for you.
Ask the seller and neighbors important questions.
Of course, you must ask the seller about the property. Ask to see a property disclosure so that you know some important information about the history and condition of the home. Ask the seller why they are moving and what they liked about living in that home. Keep in mind, however, that answers the seller gives you might be a little biased. The seller has emotional attachment to the home and is trying to get the home off of their hands. This is why you should also ask the neighbors some important questions as well, such as what they like about the area or schools, if they know anything about the property, etc. The neighbors could give you some interesting information like if there is a train in the area that goes by in the middle of the night, or the quality of the schools. Ask the important questions to avoid buyer’s remorse. Your agent can also get you C.L.U.E. report and inquire about possible sex offenders in the area.
You have a right to know all about the property you are moving into, including the kind of area it’s in, and it’s important to keep it all straight so you can truly avoid buyer’s remorse.