When buying a house in Austin TX, there are several steps to follow, but if broken down, it's much less intimidating. What else helps? Doing the steps in a particular order.
The third step is how to go about looking at the insides of houses. Yes, it's very important to know what you're looking for so you're not just walking in and out of houses wasting a lot of time.
When looking at houses, you need to keep reminding yourself that you're mostly looking for floorplan as that's the main thing that is the hardest to change. Yes, you can knock down walls, but it's not that easy.
The second thing to be looking for is condition, even in newer homes. This is not cosmetic. This is about how the "functionality of the home" is, like foundation. Does the foundation look like it's been maintained with no cracks around the exterior or the interior. Look in the corners of your walls as well as the doors. When walking the exterior, look in the mortar for any cracks.
If you have siding on a house, it's a little more difficult to see anything from the exterior, but pay more attention in the interior. Straight-line cracks are typically sheet rock cracks and of no real concerns. The same as "A frame" cracks like what you see when two pieces of wood mesh together in a vaulted ceiling. Foundation cracks are typically zig-zag lines breaking into the Sheetrock.
When looking at houses, you should know upfront how much work you're willing to do with a house. Are you willing to replace carpet, change vinyl to tile, change Formica counters to granite, or change dated cabinets to something else? If updates like these are not in your current budget, are they things you can live with temporarily and change over time?
These are considered Cosmetic items. Cosmetic items can all be changed, as long as you're willing to do the work. However, it's a bit unrealistic to go looking for houses and assume you're not going to do any changes to a house. It could be as simple as needing to neutralize the paint because there was a bright orange bedroom with a neon yellow kitchen... but don't let someone else's color selections make you not want to buy a house.
Another important thing to remember is the staging. Some sellers stage while others don't. Just because a house is staged doesn't necessarily mean it's better. It's just usually "prettier". That's why you should concentrate on floorplan first. Look past the staging and make sure your own furniture will look good in that space. Can you picture your TV in the Family Room? You have a 50" and the built-in only holds a 47"? Yikes! Are you ok with buying a new TV? Can the TV go on another wall?
Looking at houses is harder than it sounds, but if you break it up, concentrating on floorplan first, and cosmetics last, you'll have a much easier time.
Part 4 is going to talk about putting the offer together, so watch for it!
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