Jeff’s Carlsbad Blog for First Time Home Buyers

Pros and Cons of Buying a House

Posted in Forms,House Hunting,Psychological Stuff,What do I Buy? by Jeff Dowler on January 13, 2007

pro-con-checklist.jpgThis is NOT about whether you should or should not buy, but how to get through the confusing process of looking at homes and deciding which one is right for you.

Buyers, in general, often have a tough time deciding on the “perfect” house, especially if there is lots to look at. This is even more difficult for new buyers, since they have not been through the process before, and they tend to be a bit more anxious about making a decision.

One of the things I have found helpful is to use a Pro/Con Checklist (See the pic) for each house you see with your agent. This helps you focus on the features and benefits of each property by forcing you to note the things that are Pros, and the things that are Cons, as opposed to simply responding in an overall “Yep, I like it” of “Nope, this is not right” fashion. While it may be very clear with some homes that they are right or wrong, often many are similar. So using this checklist can really help you make the decision and keep from getting confused, or losing your focus on the things you really want and need in a home.

The pic (a scan of the actual doc) is not the greatest. I am having some technical difficulties getting the JPEG loaded on my website, but I am happy to email you a copy that you can print out and copy. Once it is uploaded on my Buyers Page, I will post that, and you will be able to download it yourself. Or simply make your own checklist. You can also order a pad here.

Good luck! If I can answer any questions, please let me know.


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