As anyone who has ever purchased a used car will tell you, looks can be deceiving. To get a true picture of the quality of the product, you have to “look under the hood.”
What does this have to do with shopping for a new home?
When you find a property you like on the market, it’s easy to fall in love with its appearance and features. However, there may be issues you won’t notice, such as foundation cracks that need repair or a furnace that’s due for replacement.
That’s why you need to “look under the hood” by having a qualified home inspector review the property.
Have you ever tried to make your way through a maze at an amusement park or farm field? If you don’t know the layout, it’s probably going to take you a long time to find your way through. You’ll hit a lot of dead ends, go around in circles a few times, and maybe even become frustrated before you finally find your way out.
The same can be said about buying or selling a home.
Real estate transactions are probably not something you do every day, so you’re not as familiar with their “layout”. As a result, the process of preparing your home for sale, getting it listed, dealing with viewings and buyers, and negotiating offers can potentially be very stressful… so stressful, in fact, you might be discouraged from making a move!
That’s why finding a real estate professional who knows your local market is so important. He or she knows the maze and can guide you through it.
That real estate professional can answer your questions, show you how to make the process less stressful (and even fun), and can help ensure everything goes smoothly.