Decide your budget
The most important point in your checklist should be your budget.
- Your budget should also be including all expenses which come after buying the house. If you do not have a proper budget looking for a house can become extremely difficult and can take longer than you expect.
After you know your budget make a list of non-negotiables.
Your list of non-negotiables should include
- A garage, if you have a car
- A garden, if you want one
- Fenced yard
- Swimming pool
You can have similar other pointers according to your needs and demands.
Decide how big or small you want your house to be
If you want a big house, you should mention the least square foot you are looking for. Your list of non-negotiables should be made extremely carefully.
Decide upon your choice of windows and doors
Certain houses have big scale windows while others do not have them. Know what you essentially like or want in a house.
Also check if the house has backdoors and other entrance and exits if you want so.
If you have made your list of non-negotiables it is essential for you to find a real estate agent whom you can trust. Interview a few agents before settling for one.
Your agent has an understanding of the market and with his experience and knowledge can find you the best house within your budget.
When you have fixed on an estate agent make sure you ask him to verify the details about the homes you are looking at. It is essential that all the details the homeowners provide you with are true.
Narrow down your search after you have checked with your list of non-negotiables.
Once you have narrowed down your result, critically analyse each house and try understanding if you envision yourself in the house.