Posted 6.11.12 @ 7:20
One of the most frequently asked by buyers shopping for homes for sale is “How many houses do I have to look at?” Yes, looking at a dozen houses in a few weeks can be tedious, but it’s best to make sure you’re getting into the right home. There are so many things that might look unique to one house that can be a mainstay; if you’re looking for the best home, your best bet is to comb through many differ homes. Before you start looking for a house though, let us help you! We’ll help you find a beautiful fit for your life now and in the future.
What Kind of Home do You Want?
Ask yourself the following questions:
Do you need a yard? Yards are great, but sometimes we just don’t have time for maintenance.
What do you want to do with your house? Do you need room for crafting, do you have many house guests, or do you entertain extremely rarely? Think about what you need your home for, other than the obvious.
What amenities need to be nearby? Do you need quick and easy access to healthcare, or do you need to be able to walk to work or shopping? Do you want to be near nature and away from people? Think about this and it will help you narrow down what type of neighbourhood is right for you.
Do you want to be near your family? Don’t worry if you don’t, but if you would rather be closer or further away you should think about which neighbourhoods fit that criteria.
This will help you understand what homes to look at, but still the question remains: how many homes should you look at before making your decision?
There is No Right Number
The only thing I can say about numbers is that you shouldn’t just see one house! Seeing one house and falling in love with it at first sight is the worst thing you can do. You’ll want to look at more than one, but after that it’s up to you. We’ll work with you and help you find the right home for you, no matter how long it takes! Most people in the Greater Toronto Area see between 8 and 12 homes within 4 to 6 weeks before they find the right one.
Some people have to look at 100 while some people only have to look at 3. The most important thing is that you’re happy with the home you’re buying. While the grass will always seem greener on the other side, most people are able to find that dream home. Don’t obsess about a single home when there are so many that you can choose from. When you find the one you like, ask yourself if it’s what you want for the next 5, 10, or 20 years. Also ask yourself if there is a real resale value to the home… it never hurts to have an escape plan when investing in Oakville real estate.