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May 26 2016

House Hunting Made Simpler

You’ve officially decided that it’s time to leave your old life behind and move on to bigger and better things. Crown Moving can help you get there, but there’s just one thing to figure out: where on earth will you live?

The very idea of finding a new house to live in can be overwhelming. There are a few things you can do to make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible.

Our St George moving company can get you to a new house but you have to find one first.

The Starting Point

Once you’ve decided to move, sit down and set priorities with all members of the household. Talk about architectural style, one-story or two, square footage, number of rooms, and so on. Be sure to identify the needs more than the wants, or at least be sure to keep them on two separate lists. Focus on the things that are non-negotiable for your household, such as upgrading the number of rooms or having a larger garage.

Financial Research

Start saving cash as soon as possible. Check your credit score. Set a personal budget for mortgage payments. Get pre-approved by a mortgage lender early on. This helps limit your personal budget and identify any potential lending problems. Having the budget early on will help you to limit your search options.

Agent Research

While they’re not for everyone, sometimes it’s best to have a realtor doing research for you as well. Agents can look at the multiple listing service, coordinate showings, help evaluate sellers’ prices, help determine your buying offer, and negotiate on your behalf. They can also have great advice from experiences finding homes for people in similar situations. Be sure to find one through personal recommendations.

Online Search

Technology is a wonderful tool for housing research. Starting online will reduce the number of homes you have to visit later on. U.S. News listed some of the best online resources for housing searches.

The First Visit

Come prepared with a comparison chart of your wants and needs. Be sure the houses you visit fulfill those needs. You’ll want to walk through once just to soak in everything about the house. Ask to take photos so you can review them later. Envision your life in the space. Focus on the things you cannot change such as location and number of rooms instead of the carpet color.

The Second Visit

Come back to the houses that fit your needs the best to do a more in-depth visit. Take a checklist and look at the house as though you were an inspector. Lift up the rugs, check the ceilings, open closets and cupboards, ask about the known damages and home history, and check the age on the roof and home systems. Sketch out a floor plan with your own furniture measurements.

Visit the property at different times of the day to see how the light affects the house. Pay attention to the environment as well, such as yard space, loudness of neighbors, and so on.

Our St George moving company can get you to a new house but you have to find one first.

Local Research

Look into the school districts, neighborhood amenities and local attractions around the houses you visit. Find out about the community’s strengths and faults. You don’t want any surprises by moving into the house.

Pricing Research

You’ll need to be realistic and remain within your budget. Evaluate the price with your agent against similar homes in the same area. School and neighborhood desirability can affect property values. Watch for additional fees for homeowner associations and such.

Remember to think of each house you visit as your new home! Once you find the perfect one for your family, let us help you get there as quickly as possible.

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