3 House Hunting Tips

Are you looking for a home in the greater Walnut Creek area? If so, read these tips first. I put together three things all home-seekers should know before starting your search. I hope this is helpful. If you have questions, please contact me. I’m always available for a discussion and there is never an obligation to go further than a cup of coffee to answer your questions. Sam Benson

1.  Location, Location, Location. OK, you’ve heard this before but that’s because it is SOOOO true.  When you go house hunting, consider any potential home’s proximity to your work, the charm of the neighborhood, how the home is situated on the lot, ease of access, noise from neighbors, traffic, or pets, and access to parks, shopping, schools, and public transportation. Oh, and talk to the cops. They can help you decide if a neighborhood is right for your lifestyle or not.  I’m not kidding. Go to the local police department and ask to speak with someone who covers the area your home is in.

2.  The situation itself. If you have a dog who barks, a town home is probably not for you. The neighbors are right on the other side. If you have kids who are in a band, buying in a mostly senior community isn’t a great option either. Don’t just consider a property, consider all the factors that come with the property- even contemplating how and where your potential windows will face.

3.  Size counts. Too many people start off with a “I’ll make it work” attitude. The truth is that if the house isn’t working when you move in, when will it? If you need four bedrooms and the beautiful house you’re considering only has two- eventually, you will become frustrated and regret your purchase decision. Make sure you make a list of what you want in a home.  The number of bedrooms and bathrooms are usually  must-haves. Keep this in mind.