7 Fall Home Buying Tips

Whether you planned it or not, fall can be one of the best times of the year to buy a home. It’s not without some special considerations, however. Here are our fall home buying tips to get you started or keep you motivated in your search, especially if you’re stuck on more than one home.

1. Compare Specifications

No matter what time of year your home search begins, it’s possible to face the seemingly impossible decision between two (or a few) great homes. Maybe they both seem perfect. Maybe you feel as though there’s no way you could possibly choose. However, before you get frustrated or lose out on both of them, take a deep breath, and compare the specifications.

For example, think of the basic points like their price, square footage, and features. If they’re still too similar in any of these factors, consider the tip below to help you choose. You do have an advantage during the fall, however. Houses that didn’t sell during the summer are still on the market, and it’s likely that their sellers even more motivated. This means you have a better chance of making a good deal.

2.  Location, Location, Location…

When comparing homes during the fall especially, it never fails to go back to the age-old real estate mantra… location, location, location. Fall in Knoxville is particularly magical as the trees change color and leave the landscape looking more like a painting than real life. Which home on your list gives you the best views? Which yard offers the most vibrant trees?

In the following tip, we also dig into a bit more of the location of your future home: the amenities. Not only should you be thinking about your commute and neighborhood at large, but you should also think about other things that are important to you and your family’s lifestyle.

3. Consider Amenities

If you’re comparing homes or just trying to pull the trigger, amenities can likely make or break the deal. Be sure to check out our post about the best Knoxville neighborhoods for buying your first home. Amenities can include things like natural parks, access to downtown, proximity to shopping centers and restaurants, as well as recreational activities. Some communities also offer other types of amenities, such as pools and clubhouses or gates or added security. You can also think about things like how close you are to highways, hospitals, or schools, which we discuss below. 

4. Think About the Plot

Not only is the location and extended area around your home important. You should also think about the physical plot of land your home is on. This covers everything that immediately surrounds it, not just the size of your yard or the views. What’s the shape of your driveway? Which direction does your home face? Are you on a busy road? A cul-de-sac?

Though it may sound minor, a big factor for how happy you’ll be in your home comes down to sun exposure, too. Heating and cooling costs can vary widely depending on how much sun you get, as well as the need for blinds or shades. We discuss more about this in our next tip. 

5. Visit at Different Times of Day

Visiting your future home at different times of the day is crucial. You’ll not only be able to see how beautiful it is in the day, but also whether or not it feels cozy and safe at night. Though these things may not turn you off from a home, it can make a potential purchase that much more enticing. Seeing how dark or secluded your street or neighborhood is, for example, can also factor in things like the crime rate as well as if you have to worry about interacting with wildlife. It will also help you determine if you’ll need to add any safety measures to the exterior of your home, such as lighting or driveway modifications. 

6. Research Schools and Crime Rate

Whether or not you have children right now, buying a home in a great school district is never a bad idea. If you ever plan to sell, you can rest assured that your home will seem like a haven to a future family. In fact, it will be invaluable to the right buyer. And, it doesn’t matter who you are or how loud your dog can bark — you should consider the crime rate in your neighborhood, too. While crime can always fluctuate with the times, it’s always better to err on the side of caution, if you can. 

7. Talk With Neighbors

Finally, one of the best ways to determine if a home and neighborhood are right for you is to go straight to the source. Talk to neighbors, even if it may be intimidating at first. If you don’t know anyone in the area, consider having a friendly realtor show you around. Talking to neighbors about their experiences will give you the most honest idea of your new residence. They can also give you insight as to how the neighborhood has changed over the years — even how responsible past homeowners were. 

Did reading these tips inspire you to go house hunting? What about selling your current home? Contact Holloway-Westerling today and we’ll help you get started!

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