Buying a home is an exciting — and often overwhelming — experience. You’ve met with your lender, determined your price range, and made a list of must-haves for your next home. Now your agent is sending you listings that fit your criteria and you’re thrilled about scheduling showings so you can see them in person. But after touring a handful of houses, things can become a blur. Was it the house with the pink bathtub that you liked? Or the one with the huge deck? Or that home on the hill near downtown?
Fear not. I personally went through the house hunting experience last year. My husband and I looked at 30 houses before finally deciding on “the one.” It got confusing real fast. He liked some that I didn’t, and vice versa. Some were true contenders, except for one key feature. Some were not large enough for our family yet fell in our price range. There were a lot of details that we had to look at in order to choose the right one for our situation. Because I’m a visual processor, I created a spreadsheet, and this helped us look at all of the listings at a high level overview.
Download this free House Hunting Spreadsheet to track the homes on your list:
Tip: Recreate this (just copy and paste the headings) in your own Google Sheets and share it with your Realtor so he/she can take a look, too. Color-code and cross out to your heart’s content! You’ll all be on the same page.
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This is a very helpful content for someone to know more about house hunting. Thanks for this 🙂
Lisa, I’m sorry that the past comments are negative. This spreadsheet is great and very resourceful. Thank you
Thanks Lisa for helpful share! As more information becomes available to home buyers online, it’s now easier to navigate the process on your own. Some people want a do-it-yourself experience, while others are happy to pay extra in commissions for more support.
Thanks for the heads up to introduce organization when looking for homes in order to make an informed decision on which house to get. In my opinion, one can also ask the help of a real estate agent for this purpose. They can not only bring up a list of homes that offer a desirable feature (e.g. sauna, hot tub) but be able to negotiate a price that can fit one’s budget for a house.