How Many Homes Should You See Before Buying?

Shopping for a house is a lot of fun. Even if you dislike shopping, looking for a place to call home gives you the chance to see yourself in a new place, get a fresh start. — Until eight months later, when you still can’t find anything you like in your price range and you’ve looked at so many houses they all start to blend together.

Shopping for a home is much like shopping for anything, and consumers take different approaches to the buying process. For some, they buy based on love at first sight. Others need to fall in love with a place over multiple visits — which can be tough in a hot market. But many still ask: how many homes should you see before buying one?

You don’t want to make an offer on the first home you see — what if there is something better? — but you don’t want to miss out on a house you like, either. Plus, while house shopping is fun at first, after the first couple of months, it starts to feel like a lot of work. Once you lose interest in the process, it can be harder to find your future home.

“There are no set rules on how many houses to see,” said Mike Resar of Coldwell Banker HPW. “Some people look at two; some people look at 25. But it’s a good idea to at least view three to five, so you can get a sense of what’s out there, what you like, and what you dislike.”

Here are some thoughts to consider as you shop for your home:

  • You may love the first house you see, but sometimes it helps to look at a few more, just to be sure. Often when we shop, we know what we want and we know when we find it. Maybe it just feels right. But the comparison can help confirm your feeling. After all, buying a house is a much bigger decision than buying new pants!
  • Still, if you made a list of must-haves and deal breakers in advance, and the first house you see matches all your requirements and budget, then there is nothing wrong with making an offer.
  • If you have the opposite problem and no house seems to feel like home, go back to your list of requirements and consider whether all those must-haves and deal breakers truly are a problem. Are some of those items “nice-to-haves” instead?
    • “Sometimes homebuyers get hung up on a color scheme they dislike or the outdated bathroom tile, but the thing to remember about houses is that nearly anything can be changed inside,” said Resar. “What can’t be changed is the location and the property.
  • Do you have a deadline for your house hunt e.g. you need one before the school year starts or the baby is due or your wedding day? If so, be sure to conduct a lot of research before you begin looking. By narrowing down the neighborhood or type of house or a specific requirement such as three bedrooms, you’ll have an easier time.
  • Finally, remember the “perfect” property does not exist. Even the super wealthy can find something wrong with that $43 million mansion. (Or something that needs repairs!)

We hope you’ll come by Weaver’s Pond and consider taking a look at our houses, which can be customized to suit your needs. Please contact us for a visit.

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