Spring is here! The warmer weather, beautiful flowers, and longer days are perfect for viewing homes in person. It’s no wonder that the spring season is a popular time for home buyers to start looking at homes and communities in historic Orange County. And the spring market has definitely arrived!
Before you start driving around and visiting open houses, you should follow these important house hunting tips. Speaking of open houses…the Lake of the Woods Spring Community Open House will be held on Sunday, May 15th, from noon-4pm. We will be offering boat tours, so please let us know if you’d like one.
Getting preapproved for a home loan is one of the best tools you have when searching for a home, especially when you have competition.
If you are preapproved, the home seller takes your offer seriously and may even accept your offer over another interested home buyer who is not preapproved.
2. Get to Know Lake of the Woods
If you have a specific home in mind, it’s best to visit the community more than once, at different times of the day and week. And check out all of the amenities: golf, Equestrian Center, trails, pools, beaches, fitness center, lakes, tennis courts, and so much more! We are Lake of the Woods experts, so feel free to ask questions! If we don’t know the answer offhand, we know where to find it.
3. Have a List of Your Wants and Needs
Have a detailed house hunting checklist outlining your wants and needs, and make sure that your list covers the location, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and home features that you are looking for.
One mistake that home buyers make during their home search, however, is having a wish list that is too strict. You don’t want to get stuck searching for the perfect home that may not exist.
If you have narrowed your home search and are viewing homes in person, it’s time to examine everything: doorknobs, cabinets, windows, faucets, light switches. Now is the time to find out if there is anything that needs repair, not after closing.
5. Consider the Weather
Relocating from another state or country? When buying a home in a new area, considering weather conditions and seasonal temperature changes is important.
For example, you may value a home that has a covered garage if you move to an area where snow is more common, or you may want to choose a home with a shaded backyard in an area with warmer temperatures.
6. Order the Home Inspection
It’s crucial to have a trained professional examine the home you are interested in buying, even a home that has just been built. This is the best way to identify any major repairs that need to be made.
If you are feeling frustrated and overwhelmed while house hunting and competing with other home buyers, we will be there to guide you through the process and keep you focused on the next steps.
We want you to be able to find the best home in the best location, and we are here to help. So if you are searching for a home this spring, talk with us about what you are looking for in a home, and we can find it together. We consider ourselves partners with our clients, and this relationship built on honesty, respect, and teamwork, is a productive one. Let us know how we may be of best resource to you! Call our Licata Group office at 540/388-2541 or Pat at 540/7357998.
It’s another beautiful day at the lake!