When you set about buying your first home, it is often difficult to know what pitfalls to avoid. After all, everyone seems to have something to say about the home buying process. You may end up with plenty of conflicting pieces of advice.
But there are some basic mistakes that most first-time buyers make in almost any case. If you identify these issues, you can easily avoid them and improve your experience.
What to pay attention to
Business Insider examines some of the most common mistakes that first-time homebuyers tend to make. Many involve how they frame their search. For example, some get stuck trying to find one specific type of house. Others get distracted by the bells and whistles, like stainless steel appliances or granite counters.
In reality, you need to pay attention to the “bones” of the house instead. How well is it built? What is the structure like? You can always add more features later, but it is harder and more expensive to change things at the base level.
Related, you need to focus on things like the conditions of the roof and boiler, too. Again, these issues are more pressing and will also cost more to fix if something is wrong.
Getting stuck on one idea
Getting caught up with one ideal home or limiting yourself by house type can also box you out of a good house. Do not get too caught up in a specific type of architecture or too many “must haves”. A little flexibility goes a long way in the job market.
Finally, always pay attention to location. You can change anything about a house except for its location. This will greatly impact its value in the future too, which is crucial to keep in mind for resale.