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March 31st, 2015 by MichiganLiving These Tips Will Help You Stay Focused and Organized While House Hunting

House hunting can be stressful and often times, overwhelming. With the number of houses you checked and visited, for sure sometimes you lose track of them. You lose track of the amenities that each and every house have and most important of all, their corresponding price tag.

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The tips below will help you keep focused and organized during house hunting. They are proven to be effective most especially if you wanted to get the best house out of your money.

Tip Number 1 – Set Priorities

Listing down and separating your NEEDS and WANTS on a house will make house hunting easier. With this, you can create a checklist and see if a certain house you visit provides almost all of your needs compared to your wants. If the house provides almost all of your needs and wants, then pretty sure your checklist will come in handy.

Tip Number 2 – Proximity Of The Area

Create a checklist that you can use to see if the house is fairly accessible from your work, office or school. You can even include this one at the list of your WANTS but if you can, create a separate sheet for this category.

Tip Number 3 – Take Some Notes

You can use a simple notebook to list down your comments at each and every house you visit. With this, you can be sure that you won’t forget whatever you will notice.

Tip Number 4 – Review and Summarize Your Checklist and Notes

After a long tiring day of house tours and visits, you can now sit down and carefully review your checklists and notes. This way, you can fairly judge what house suits your needs, budget and lifestyle.

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21 responses to “These Tips Will Help You Stay Focused and Organized While House Hunting”

  1. Nancy says:

    I am so not looking forward to the day we have to house-hunt. We currently rent. Though, I do know when we want to go through with it, what I want in a house. My priorities are fairly simple. A nice kitchen + dishwasher. A separate bathroom for my husband and I (we have one now in the home we rent … it’s amazing), oh and of course a front loading washer/dryer because the spinner one we have now completely ruins clothes.

  2. Setting priorities and taking some notes is definitely important – we don’t want to miss out anything else.

  3. Sage says:

    House hunting has got to be one of the most exciting and stressful projects ever! It’s even worse when you mix in the stress of having to sell your current place.

    I’ve bought property in Denmark while living in the US, and now I’m starting to house hunt in England while living in Denmark. It took me awhile to accept that bathtubs aren’t the norm in Denmark, and that it’s quite normal to have a washing machine in the kitchen in England… and good luck finding a garbage disposal or window screens in either place! Who knew?

  4. Good tips! When we were searching for our house, my husband and I each made lists with our top 10 desires for a house. We compared notes, and made sure that the house we ended up with fulfilled a good number of those desires — or had the potential to do so down the road. Some things you can’t change (like how much land you have on the lot), but other things can be upgraded down the road (like a master bathroom that has builder-grade features). There will never be a *perfect* house, but usually there is one that has *most* of the things you want (or the potential!).

  5. Alli says:

    My husband and I have lived in the same house for years. I can’t imagine living anywhere else. Pretty soon, we’ll be house hunting for a vacation home at the beach, so I’ll keep these tips in mind.

  6. Liz Mays says:

    It’s such a good idea to think about these things when house hunting. Finding a pretty house can really make you have tunnel vision and ignore all of the other factors.

  7. Liz Leiro says:

    My husband and I are constantly browsing real estate websites like Trulia and so far we’ve been pretty agreeable about what we want in our first home. Taking notes on which house has what features with a checklist is a great idea!

  8. House hunting can be so overwhelming! We agreed on things going in that a house had to have and it made the process a bit easier!

  9. Heather says:

    This is great advice. If we ever are in the market again this will be some stuff to keep in mind.

  10. Lauren says:

    This is a great post and exactly what I needed! My husband and I are house hunting and it’s stressful!

  11. I found house hunting so daunting and draining. These are great tips!

  12. Angelic Sinova says:

    Great tips! House hunting can be a very daunting task but it’s so rewarding when you find your dream home <3

  13. samantha says:

    Thank you very much. We are currently house hunting and its been a horrible stress on the both of us. everything seems so scattered and complicated. Putting this list into action will help big time for sure

  14. Franc Ramon says:

    It’s important to know the house you want and the neighborhood you prefer. You then get alternatives and compare the cost of living in each area.

  15. Rebecca Swenor says:

    These are great tips for finding a house. When we bought our house the main thing was the school district for us. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Dogvills says:

    Hunting a house is so stressful. I like the idea of taking notes as you won’t remember all the houses-details you saw

  17. I did this when apt. hunting in college, too – we wrote down notes for each apt. and qualities we liked/didn’t like.

  18. brook devis says:

    Really very informative post.these are some great tips.thanx for sharing.i agree with all.of them

  19. John Lopez says:

    Some great tips, definitely need to set priorities to stay focused!

  20. Crystal Wachoski says:

    It’s a must and also keeping a level head. It’s easy to get in over your head.

  21. Even if you have good to great credit remember it will make your life easier to find a mortgage provider and get pre-approved before you start shopping for your next home rather than placing an offer than scrambling to find someone to get the money from

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