So, you thought the hunt was hard, just wait!
Over the past couple of years my husband and I have been casually and not so casually looking for the perfect property. Well it finally happened, we found it! Finding your dream home for some is a house that is move in ready and picture perfect. For us, it was the perfect property and a house that was livable while we slowly renovate it. We lucked out big time and found a home that checks a whole lot of boxes for us.
But, just when I thought things were going to get easier they got even more stressful. When the estimated closing costs are higher then expected, you have a leaky roof, and the home inspector can’t make it for over a week you start stressing. I realized this weekend when Friday turned into Saturday and the emails finally slowed down that I needed to slow down too.
As a potential new home owner your mind will start running a million miles a minute. It doesn’t matter how many houses you have purchased you forget things. Things like the amount of the first deposit (Which just so you know, is typically 1% of the asking price). You also may not know that most contracts still provide you as the buyer a 15-day cancellation period.
Why is all this stuff important you ask?
Well it’s simple, if you are like me then you want it to appear that you know what’s going. In fact, if it looks like you know what you’re doing then that’s even better. If nothing else, then I’m just here to say it is okay to be freaked the heck out! This week I learned there are two main things you can do to help along this situation.
- Trust your people: You hired your realtor for a reason. Hopefully at this point you trust their opinion and they won’t steer you wrong.
- Ask questions: There is nothing wrong with asking questions. People don’t buy homes every day. For some it has been years since they have purchased a home and there are many unknowns. Give yourself a break and ask what’s needed of you.
All I can say is mid-week and mid-freak out I was really wishing someone would have just sat me down and said, “It’s all going to be okay.” I love my husband to death but when it comes to something like this his head would explode if I pull him into all the details. Just because I happen to be the person making the major decisions it doesn’t mean I know what I’m doing!!
If your interested in learning more about how this whole thing got started check out our first post below.