New Tool for Buyers on the Prowl
If you have ever spent an afternoon driving around with your realtor looking at houses you know how easy it is to get the details a little muddled by the end of the day. “Was it the brick house that had the kitchen we liked? Or was it the ranch house?” Here are few ideas on how to keep your head straight:
First, take a digital camera along (or your smartphone) and before you take any pictures of the house snap a shot of the house numbers. This will act as a place holder and will jog your memory when you are looking at your notes (which I’ll cover in a minute). After you’ve shot a pic of the address, take as many pics as you like, get both exterior and interior shots, things you loved and things you hated. Document it all, it will come in handy later.
Secondly, take a clipboard with you and have with you the handy dandy house evaluation sheetthat I created. Have one sheet for each house. Write the address and MLS# on the top (the MLS# will help if you want to look it up online), then jot notes down about the house either while you are walking through it, or immediately after while you are in the car. This, along with the pics you took, will help immensely with remembering the details of each place.
Once you’ve seen three or four places it’s easy to get cloudy on the details. These two simple tools will help you keep things straight. It will also help you sort out what features in a house are truly important to you, and which ones you thought were important and turns out they’re not. I’ve got more to say on that here and here.