June 6, 2018 | Anna Veloz

10 Essentials to Bring on Your Search

(Original article adapted from Houzz -  by | April 4, 2018 | www.houzz.com)

1. List of properties you plan to visit.
Cluster your home search by neighborhood, so you won’t be driving back and forth across town.

2. Notepad and pen.
Note what you like as well as what you don’t like about each home, and then review your notes once you’ve had a chance to rest.

3. Slip-on shoes. 
Taking shoes off is sometimes requested, both at private showings and open houses, so wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off.

4. Checklist. 
Stay focused by bringing a checklist with the main points you want to remember to look for at each property.

5. Camera. 
Your smartphone is completely fine.

6. Helpful apps. 
Downloading a real estate app or two before you leave on your house hunt can enhance your search.

7. Measurements. 
Measure big furnitures before you begin house-hunting and bring the measurements — and a measuring tape — with you when you view properties.

8. Flashlight. 
When you want to get a closer look in that dark basement or scope out the potential of an unfinished attic

9. Stakeholders.
Once you’ve narrowed down the search to a handful of solid choices, getting input from everyone who will be living in the house is invaluable.

10. Personal priorities.
Make a list of your top three to five priorities in a house, and refer to this list when you’re comparing the homes you’ve seen.



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