House Hunting Secrets When Relocating to Anchorage
by Dan Wolf
on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 at 6:44pm.
A home is the probably the largest investment you will make in your life. When relocating to Anchorage, it’s wonderful to have an experienced Realtor on your side through the home-buying process. House hunting is one of the “fun” parts of the process that culminates with the closing. According to an article by Houzz, it’s important to stay organized when house hunting. Although everyone wants to feel swept away emotionally by a home, it’s also important that the home you buy in Anchorage meets the high-priority items on your wish list. In fact, Houzz recommends your first step when house hunting is to set your priorities. Communicate your priorities so your Realtor can show you the Anchorage homes that are a good match as well as negotiate the best deal for you.
• Making good comparisons
After setting your priorities, compare the different homes you have toured. If possible, take photographs of the different homes to refer back to later. Compare your photographs with your list of priorities to see whether you saw what you think you saw during the home tour.
• Going with your gut
When you walk through a home for sale in Anchorage, pay attention to how you feel as well as what you see. You may have thought you wanted granite countertops as a “must have,” but like the feeling you have in a kitchen with marble. You may think you like an open space concept, but feel happier or safe in a home with a lower ceiling height and cozier layout.
• Being open-minded
Avoid making non-negotiable items that are actually easily changed out such as paint colors, flooring and other decorating details. At the same time, know whether you prefer a one-story vs. a two-story home.
• Knowing your furniture
If you plan to bring your existing furniture when relocating to Anchorage as opposed to buying all-new furniture, bring measurements. Your Realtor will not mind if spend a little extra time measuring different rooms to see whether your sofa would fit. You are better off finding out early in the process if the home is big enough. You don’t want to call off a deal at the last-minute because the home is too small for your over-sized bedroom furniture and antique dressers.
At Wolf Real Estate, we have a long history of helping people relocating to Anchorage to find their ideal homes. We are happy to help with the house-hunting process as well as help you make an offer on a great home. For more information about home buying or selling in Anchorage Alaska, please contact us at 248-9653 or visit us online at www.anchoragehomesearch.com.