Buying a new home in the Richmond, VA, area can be difficult to navigate. While our crew at Burgess Inspections, Inc. only takes part in a portion of the process, we have learned a few things by being in the industry since 1992. Here are a few tips we’ve picked up that we gladly pass along to home buyers throughout the Henrico County and Chesterfield County, VA, areas.
1. Don’t rush.
When looking for the right home, it’s easy to feel the pressure to make decisions fast. While on one hand you need to be ready to act when the right house comes along, you first want to make sure it’s the right house. Therefore, don’t be afraid to take a moment before making an offer and moving forward.
2. Trust your realtor.
If you’re new to the area, we definitely recommend that you get a realtor. A real estate professional will be able to offer you wisdom about the area (neighborhoods, school systems, etc.) and help you find just the right house that meets your criteria.
3. Drive around.
After your realtor has suggested a few neighborhoods, take a drive. Try to envision yourself living there. Check out the amenities or time it takes for you to drive to work. These details are just as important as the house itself.
4. Stick to your budget.
After establishing how much house you can afford, stick to it. It’s easy to see what “extras” lie just beyond the next price point. However, don’t stretch yourself too thin financially, and find the best house at the price you can afford.
5. Get the home inspection.
Home buyers are often tempted to forego the home inspection in order to sweeten their offer or speed up the process. No matter what, don’t skip it. That home inspection is your last chance to verify the condition of the property and protect your financial investment. Arm yourself with that information before you sign on the dotted line.