Buying a home can be a pretty scary process, especially if you’ve never done it before. The road to home ownership isn’t always a smooth one, and there are plenty of obstacles that can trip you up if you aren’t careful.
And, let’s face it, some devastating home buying mistakes are really tough to avoid. But luckily, I’ve put together this list to help you make the right decisions – with the help of some of your favorite superheroes, of course!
Check out these things you should avoid when buying a home:
1. Letting your emotions get out of control like the Hulk
Bruce Banner is normally a level-headed, introspective guy. He’s also incredibly intelligent and tends to keep to himself while working on his engineering projects.
But then… he lets his emotions get the best of him.
And that’s when he turns into the Hulk. If you’ve read the comics or seen the movies, you know that the Hulk is far from introspective or level-headed… he’s an angry maniac!
How does this apply to you? Well, ask yourself this question during the home-buying process:
Am I letting my emotions get the best of me?
If you’re placing too much value on minor upgrades in the home, getting swept up in how the home is staged, or expecting to find everything you want in your new home, then you might be too emotional to make the right decision about which house to buy. This is a major home-buying mistake that can cause you to experience buyer’s remorse later.
So, try to step back and think about what’s important – the things you really need in a home. Also, hire a trustworthy home inspector to make sure your “perfect” home is as great as you think it is.
2. Failing to plan ahead properly like Iron Man
Tony Stark, the Iron Man himself, isn’t much of a planner sometimes. Remember in the Age of Ultron movie when he accidentally created Ultron? Yeah… he probably should have thought that one through a bit more.
Don’t be impulsive like Iron Man. Buying a home is a huge commitment, and it’s a decision you’ll have to live with for a while, so it’s important for you to think it through.
And make sure you create a long-term budget plan too – you don’t want to end up overspending on your new home. After all, there are other costs associated with the home (property taxes, insurance, and maintenance) that you’ll need to budget for too.
3. Spending tons of money like… Iron Man (again!)
Iron Man really can’t catch a break in this blog post, can he?
While I’m a big fan of Mr. Stark, there’s no doubt that he spends his money a bit recklessly. I mean, have you seen his mansion and car? He’s certainly not holding back his cash or being humble about how much money he has.
Don’t be like him when you decide on which house to buy. Think about it – if you overspend on your home, what happens when you lose your job or a random expense comes up? You won’t be able to afford the home anymore at that point.
Yes, it might be tempting to splurge on your dream home, but be patient – your first home may not have everything you want, but your next home might! Give yourself time to build financial stability and always try to live under your means so you can still afford necessities when unexpected expenses arise.
4. Not having “vision” like Daredevil
Daredevil can’t see, but you should be able to “see” the potential in the home you’re buying.
Maybe there are certain things you don’t like about it, like the color of the walls, for example. But, keep in mind that many things you don’t like can probably be changed or dealt with for a while. It’s much more important to live somewhere you can sustainably afford than it is to be absolutely in love with every single detail of the house.
If there’s something about it that you really can’t stand, consider the fact that it may be cheaper to hire a contractor to change it than to buy a more expensive house that already has what you’re looking for.
5. Choosing the wrong “best friend” (real estate agent) like Professor X
As young adults, Professor Xavier and Magneto were close friends. However, their vastly different opinions on how humans should relate to mutants drove them apart and eventually caused them to become enemies.
When you’re buying a home, you don’t want to choose a real estate agent who will eventually become your enemy. That’s why it’s important to look past charisma and fancy presentations. Instead, decide on an agent based on their experience, references, and track record of success. Otherwise, you are likely to end up unhappy with your home-buying experience.
And let’s face it – the home-buying experience is stressful enough on its own. The last thing you need is a bad agent who will make it even worse!
6. Trying too hard to be a loner like Wolverine
Okay, so we’ve gone over why you shouldn’t choose the wrong real estate agent, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t choose one at all! Don’t be a loner like Wolverine when you’re buying a home – just be smart about who you choose to work with. Here’s how:
- Check the agent’s credentials, references, and reviews.
- Figure out how much experience the agent has and how long they’ve been in business.
- Ask the agent how they will communicate with you and what their availability is.
Also, make sure the agent’s personality doesn’t irk you. You’ll be thankful later when you’re spending time working with someone you’re happy to talk to – not someone who makes you want to scream.
And remember, if you’re moving to Killeen, Austin, Temple, or a nearby area, I can help you with your real estate needs. I can also help you avoid home-buying mistakes and make your purchasing process as easy as possible.
Contact me, Dagmar Rogers, today by calling or texting 254-258-0777. I look forward to helping you find the right home!