In the past when people are searching for a new home to buy, they just drive up and down streets scouting for “For Sale” signs. They do not hire any agent to do that. Hiring an agent will only add to the cost of the home. They are not willing to pay for what they can do themselves. Driving around to search for new homes will help them look for the safest neighborhood. They can physically asses if the home meets their needs and requirements.
Tips To Do When You Find A “For Sale” Home
- Visit the office of the Tax Assessor in the locality and learn how to read tax maps. Tax maps have information that you will need initially before contacting the owner. They have information on the owner’s name and address, zoning classification, price of former sales of the home, floor plan and such other data that you need to know.
- Contact the owner and request for a tour of the home.
- Assess if the home meets your needs and requirements.
- Compare the home with other homes “for sale” in the area.
- Take time to make a decision.
Disadvantages of Driving Around To Find Homes
- It is time consuming. Unlike the online listing where the locations are already provided, you have to drive up and down and around the area. You could be doing something equally important with your time.
- It is expensive when you consider your gas consumption.
- It is a burden to go to government offices to find out the name and address of the owner.
- You have to visit other “For Sale” homes for comparison. This will mean more scouting around.
- Sometimes the “For Sale” sign is still on the lawn and the home is already sold. You get disappointed.
- It is tiresome for some people to just drive up and down the streets under the heat of the sun.
Some people are more creative when they are scouting for homes. They make use of the time to bond with their kids. Instead of going on a picnic with their family, they tag them around. The kids are given the opportunity to voice out their opinion of the home they are going to buy. The choice of a new home becomes a family decision and the children would remember that.