While buying a second home is exciting, it is also an important business transaction. If you’re shopping for your new Prescott home, Kay Carlson Realtor shares several factors to consider before you buy.
Use your senses
Use your eyes, ears, nose, and hands. Open cabinets, the dryer, the dishwasher. Can you smell anything or hear anything? Listen for creaks in the flooring. Open and close windows. Bring a flashlight and look under the beds. Pull back a decorative rug. Move furniture to the side. Pay attention to what your senses are telling you.
Use a professional
Of course, not using a realtor saves on commissions, but how well do you know real estate law? How well do you understand the protections provided by getting a home inspection or the importance of a thorough final walk-through before signing the closing documents? Professionals know the importance of various disclosures and documents that may protect you in the event of alarming discoveries after the fact.
Love is blind
When it comes time to shop for a new home, leave your heart in the car or better yet don’t bring it with you at all. The listing may have everything you want, but use your senses and not your heart. Shop with your eyes, ears, nose and touch, and most of all your mind. And don’t forget your monthly budget. Looking at homes that are beyond what you can reasonably afford are the quickest road to disappointment or disaster.
Suddenly there are three other couples that have seen your perfect house and love it, too. Do you have to “make an offer by tonight”? Stop right there. Don’t allow any circumstance or anyone to press you into making a decision before you’re ready.
You’re buying a lifestyle
When you’re considering a second home, do you want a beautifully landscaped yard? Are you willing to take on the responsibilities of mowing, weeding, mulching, fertilizing, trimming and raking it? Or are you budgeting for a professional landscaping company to handle that for you? Before you buy, think about how much time you will spend there. Are you looking for a weekend retreat? A summer home? Will this be your retirement home?
When you’re making your decision on a vacation home in Prescott, Kay Carlson Realtor recommends you ask yourself these questions before you begin to shop. Kay Carlson specializes in vacation homes and cabins, and can help you find the home away from home you’re looking for. To schedule an appointment, call us at 928-710-4193.