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Buying a Home During COVID-19
As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded this year, a place to call home took on a new meaning for many. Living spaces evolved into home offices, schools and playgrounds. Stay-at-home restrictions this year may have accelerated your desire to purchase a new home to gain more space or perhaps you were prepared to buy a home this year but are now reevaluating your commitment.
If you are planning to buy a home but you are not quite ready to view several dozen homes in-person, start by looking at homes online. You will be surprised by the number of online showrooms, photos, and virtual tours available to help you narrow down your search. Start by browsing websites such as NewHomeSource.com to help you narrow your search based on features and budget.
Below are a few tips to help you get started on your virtual house hunt:
Create a List.
If you are navigating many websites or watching hours of home videos online, make a list of the homes you enjoyed viewing. Keep careful notes of the listing descriptions. By creating a note taking system that works for you, you will be able to easily compare properties when you are ready to narrow down your list. Do not forget to make a list of questions about the property you may have for the realtor.
Ask About Floor Plans.
If you are not physically walking through the home, it might be challenging to visualize the space by only scrolling through photos online. Ask a realtor for a copy of the home’s floor plan or the virtual tour specific to that floorplan. Once you have an idea of the layout and size of the space, you will be able to get a better grasp of the photos or videos of the home.
Research the neighborhood.
Not all websites with home listings will give you a sense of the neighborhood. To help get a complete profile of the home and make an informed decision about the area around your home, conduct a general online search about the neighborhood. You will be surprised the amount of information you can learn about the activities that happen in the area or the local school system.
Drive by the home.
If you are ready to get out of the house while maintaining social distancing, what better way than to drive by the homes you are considering. You will gain a better understanding of what amenities are nearby and a sense of the community. If you are not working from home or will be returning to work soon, try out your work commute.
Consult a New Home Directory.
If you’re having trouble finding a new home that fits your needs, you may want to seek out a custom home builder. A home builder can create a design that fits your specific needs. Check out a list of local home builders on www.biaofclarkcounty.org.
There are many ways to view the interior of the home even with social distancing measures in place. Contact a local realtor or home builder who can tell you about the options available to safely tour homes in-person.
For more information on how to find a home in Clark County, visit NewHomeSource.com/ClarkCounty.