You have to make a lot of decisions during the process of buying a house. But if you don’t make the right decisions, that process can lead to serious homebuyer regret.
So what, exactly, are some decisions you’ll want to avoid during the homebuying process?
A recent article from realtor.com outlined some of the most common regrets that end up haunting homeowners long after move-in day, including:
- Waiting until the last minute to start looking for a home. Waiting until the very last minute to start your home search is a big mistake. When you’re tight on time and need to find a home ASAP, you’re forced to buy the best of what’s available, instead of the best home for you. Instead, give yourself plenty of time for your home search.
- Overlooking schools — even if you’re a child-free home. Buying a home in a good school district is a “must have” on many parents’ lists. But even if you don’t have children, or ever plan on having any, you should still consider the school district before buying a home, as it can play a major role in the property’s resale value.
- Underestimating the number of bedrooms you actually need. When you buy a home, chances are, you’re going to have to make compromises. But compromising on the number of bedrooms is a choice many homeowners come to regret. Before you start looking for a home, get clear on how many bedrooms you need, and then tailor your search accordingly.