If you’re like many people, the COVID-19 pandemic has you feeling like it’s time to upsize your home – and if that’s the case, you need a Boston REALTOR® who can help you along the way. However, there are three huge mistakes you need to avoid; we list them here so you’re on the lookout before you dive into a home-search.
3 Mistakes to Avoid When You Buy a Bigger House in Boston
When you buy a bigger house, it’s absolutely essential that you do all your homework and know what you’re getting into. After all, it’s a big deal – and it likely comes with a bigger price tag than your current home.
First, you’ll need to work with a REALTOR® you can trust to have your back throughout the entire transaction. Your buyer’s agent will look out for you every step of the way, ensuring that all your bases are covered. Your agent will help you narrow your search, take you to tour homes that interest you, put in your offer with the seller’s agent, and negotiate with the seller, all while handling every sheet of legal paperwork you need to complete the transaction.
Before you begin your home search, though, there are three big mistakes that many post-COVID buyers make. Here they are so you can avoid them:
- Overestimating how much more space you really need
- Jumping into a deal too quickly
- Overspending on new items for a bigger space
Here’s a closer look at each.
Home Upsizing Mistake #1: Overestimating How Much More Space You Really Need
Before you start your house-hunt – particularly if you’re looking for a bigger house – you should ask your REALTOR to come to your current home. Show your agent what you don’t like about the property; what makes you feel cramped and claustrophobic, what you’d change if you could, and what you love and wish you could keep in a new home. That’ll help you give your agent a clear picture of what you really need.
Sometimes people feel like their homes are too small when really, they’re too closed-off – and if that’s the case, you may only need to buy a home that’s slightly bigger but that features a much more open floor plan. And in some cases, people’s biggest problem with their current home is the layout; maybe it’s inconvenient or poorly designed. In other cases, there are specific rooms that just don’t fit their lifestyles (such as a small kitchen that makes it impossible to enjoy cooking). When you show your real estate agent exactly what you don’t like or want in your next home, they’ll be able to help you find something you love.
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Home Upsizing Mistake #2: Jumping Into a Deal Too Quickly
After working from home, virtual learning, and dining in became the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic, many people decided to rush into buying bigger houses – and that’s fine, provided that you do your homework. We caution our clients to carefully consider all their options, because buying a home is a big investment that requires a significant amount of planning.
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Home Upsizing Mistake #3: Overspending on New Items for a Bigger Space
Though it’s tempting – especially if your furniture will look tiny and lost in your new, bigger space – it’s a good idea to refrain from buying all-new furniture and decor before you move into your new home. First, you’ll want to make sure everything matches. You’ll also need to ensure that you’re getting the right sizes of everything, and that you’re not over-buying. Over-buying may make your new, bigger home feel cramped, which is what you’re trying to escape now.
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