Sometimes making decisions can be overwhelming, like ordering food at a new restaurant or picking which movie to watch on Netflix – but when you’re house hunting, indecisiveness becomes real.
The National Association of Realtor’s released findings from their latest Profile of Buyers and Sellers, and found that we’re down two weeks in searching than we were five years ago – 10 weeks of looking, instead of the 12 beforehand.
So just how many houses should you be looking at before pulling the trigger?
Well, according to the NAR, people tend to look at about 10 houses before deciding on their dream home. This isn’t always the case, however – especially if you’re an out-of-towner. Some buyers view 10 houses in a single day.
While you might not have no other option but to view that many in a day, it’s important to come up with a game plan.
Have an idea of how many homes you’d like to see in a day and tell your realtor. That way, you’re mentally and physically prepared.
Compare each house – House A to House B, then House B to House C – that way you’re keeping things in mind and aren’t as overwhelmed to trying to compare them all at once.
Take photos and notes as you go through each house. This will keep your memory fresh and will also help you narrow down reasons why you either loved or disliked the home.
It’s never easy to make a life-changing decision! Buying a home is both exhilarating and exhausting – knowing your limits is key when on the hunt for a home.