Buying a House in Charleston | How To Stay Organized

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Get Your Priorities Straight

Before you start looking, take some time to prioritize your needs. Everyone in the family should write down the things they want. Together, narrow this list down to a few “absolute must-haves.” When you are shopping for your home, keep these things in mind, and don’t compromise on them. This will help you to stay focused and stop you from buying a home that isn’t right for you.

Make a Chart

Some people use Excel, others are more analog and use something they can physically write on while viewing properties. The y-axis can have the property address, while the x-axis will have things such as price, square footage, number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, yard (size & description), year built, features, comps, number of floors, size of the garage, the commute time, etc. Keep this as a handy reference to narrow down the homes you are interested in.

Take Photos

Take photos of every property you see. Take lots of them. Take video if possible. You will want to reference back to these pictures when you are making your decisions. You might even find things in the pictures that you hadn’t noticed in person. Pictures say a thousand words, and taking several will help you to remember it all.

Keep Contacts in Order

You will meet a lot of people on your journey to buy a home. Realtors, appraisers, bank employees, inspectors, title professionals and more. Make a list that includes everybody’s name, email, website, phone number and any other details you want to have. Having these numbers handy at all times will make things much easier for you.

Make a Calendar

Create a calendar that has all of your important buying and selling dates, appointments, deadlines, bill due dates, appraisal date and so on. You will have many things to keep track of, and visually seeing it all on a calendar will help you stay on top of it all. If you are selling a home, you will have many additional dates to keep track of. You can use an online calendar, or a physical planner to keep your important dates and all your notes. It’s all about what works for you.

Now, with all this extra time you have gained from being so organized, don’t forget to have some fun! Imagine your new home! Envision everything you want! Pick out your new room colors, find the hardware you love. You can track awesome things you see for your house as well! Then, when it’s time to redecorate, you will have all of your favorite ideas saved. This is a fun and exciting time, remember to enjoy the process!

Are you looking for a house in Charleston? We can help you keep everything in order! Find out how we can help you now! Send us a message or give our office a call! (843) 881-7171


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