It is not uncommon for homebuyers to experience buyer's remorse after the sale is complete. In many instances, the reason for their remorse is a problem that could have easily been avoided during the buying process. If you are in the market for a new home, here are some ways that you can avoid buyer's remorse.
Identify Your Must-Haves and Do Not Compromise on Them
Before you begin your search for a home, make a list of must-haves. When crafting your list, carefully consider which amenities you would miss if your home did not include them. For instance, if you need lots of closet space, moving into a home with none could impact your happiness.
Once you know which amenities you cannot live without, narrow your search to only homes that have those features. If a home does not have a feature you need, determine whether or not you can make reasonable modifications to the home to gain the amenity you want. For instance, is it possible to convert a small bedroom next to the master bedroom into the closet you want? How much will it be?
If you cannot afford to have the amenity added to a home or it is not included, keep searching. If you buy the home, chances are, you might experience buyer's remorse.
Visit the Home at Least Twice
First impressions are important, but sometimes a second and third look are necessary. After the initial viewing of a home you want to buy, take some time to create a pros and cons list about the home. Use the list to decide if the home is actually one you are interested in purchasing. If so, schedule another viewing. Before touring the home again, write down some of the questions or concerns you have about the home.
During the second visit, you can ask your questions of the real estate agent. You also have the chance to get a better look at not just the home, but the neighborhood. Make note of activity throughout the neighborhood, noise levels, and traffic patterns. If possible, visit the home during a different time than your initial visit so you can get a fairer assessment of the neighborhood. Neighborhoods can change throughout the day, and you want to make sure you can handle whatever occurs during the day and night if you buy the home.
Work with your real estate agent to find other ways to avoid experiencing buyer's remorse.