Drew says: “Over and above the actual purchase price of the home, you may have to dish out some money for mortgage costs, home insurance, legal costs, etc. Ask your real estate agent for a complete list of all the estimated closing costs so the only surprises you get will be the good ones.
Get to know the neighborhood before buying.
Drew says: “Nothing compares to actually walking the neighborhood prior to buying in the community. Pounding the pavement will give you a clear image as to how noisy it is, the density of traffic and what your neighbors are like. Getting to know the locals will give you that insider scoop as to whether or not this is the kind of neighborhood you want to raise your family in.”
Don’t fall for love at first sight.
Drew says: “I always recommend touring at least 10 houses before you put an offer in on one. The first few houses may seduce you esthetically, but may not really have what you need. When you walk through a home, have a checklist in hand; write down the pros, write down the cons and rate that house from 1 to 10. At the end of a long house hunting day, all the houses are going to blend together, and it’s that checklist that’s going to be the saving grace and will get you your dream home.”
Put safety first when remodeling a home.
Jonathan says: “We make it look like a lot of fun on TV, but things can go seriously wrong if you just blast through a wall with wild ambition. Plan first: For safety, you want to have glasses, masks and gloves. Go down to the circuit breaker and make sure you shut off any electrical in the wall. Finally, just stop frequently and investigate inside the wall where you’ve opened it up to make sure there are no other surprises.”
Simple staging tactics go a long way toward making a quick sale.
Drew says: “Depersonalize: Pack up the family photos and artifacts. Declutter: Clean off the countertops and pack away the knickknacks. As a final touch, make your house sparkle: Wash the windows and clean away the old cobwebs. Simple steps make a huge difference and can lead to a sold sign on your house.”