didn’t expect about buying a home

4 Things I Didn’t Expect About Buying a Home

Guild Tacoma sat down with a local home buyer and asked her about her home buying experience. She bought the Tacoma home at 22. Here are 4 things she didn’t expect about buying a home.

4 Things I Didn’t Expect About Buying a Home

How much work goes into buying a home

The first thing that I didn’t expect about buying a home was all the stress of closing. We were probably naïve since we had never purchased before, but we didn’t really know what a loan would look like, how much credit would be involved and how many documents we’d have to fill out. I knew it was going to be a process and I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but I didn’t know the stress that would come with buying a house.

Don’t skip over the little things

Make sure to have a great real estate agent working with you, since they are the ones that can fight for you. We didn’t really know our place in negotiating, so we left that up to our agent. Also, it’s important that you research mortgage lenders so you feel comfortable working with a team who you feel like you can effectively communicate with. Another small thing that helped us out was writing a letter to the owner. If you find yourself competing against multiple other buyers, simply writing a letter to the owner explaining why you want that house, how you see your future in the home, and what it would mean to you can help you land the house.

Renovations are no joke

The next thing that I didn’t expect about buying a home was the stress of the renovations. We bought a home that we knew we’d want to renovate right away, but didn’t realize the time and effort it would take to complete the projects. We renovated our entire front yard, we put a pool in our back yard, and we re-did the master bathroom. We’ve found that it’s very helpful to hire a contractor who you feel is right for the job, not just one who can help you right now. We didn’t hire the best contractor, and we ended up spending more for the projects and they took longer than we expected. Additionally, make sure you’re ready for workers to be consistently walking through your home.

All the work is worth it

During the home buying process, I kept feeling like I was treading water because I hadn’t done this before. In the end it’s all worth it! The best piece of advice is to ask a ton of questions, to your real estate agent and your lender so you can better understand the home buying process! While it was stressful, everything was worth it! I will always remember the feeling of opening our front door for the first time. It was a moment of excitement and relief!

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