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    6 Ways to Stay Stress-Free During Your House Hunt

    It’s safe to say that when you hear the words, “house hunt,” it’s inevitable your heart rate will raise a few beats. If you’ve ever bought or sold a house, it’s most likely been an extremely stressful time. From cleaning to packing to finding “the one,” the process entails making large decisions that directly impact your life. Although it can be stressful, it’s also an opportunity to find your dream home—a space for you and your family to build memories in. Despite the stresses that come along with it, house hunting has the potential to be fun and exciting as you begin a new chapter of your life.

    Check out our top 6 tips to stay stress-free during your house hunting journey. Who knows, maybe you’ll be a new homeowner sooner than you think!

        1. Know What You Want

          Before embarking on your house hunting journey, it’s important to have a good understanding of exactly what you’re looking for. What is your budget? How many bedrooms? Which neighborhood? Do you want a garage and pool or a big yard? It’s imperative to go into the house hunting game with your top priorities in line—otherwise, it’s easy to get distracted and distraught in not finding the one. Beware of getting caught up on the internet browsing through hundreds of homes that don’t fit your needs. So whip out a pen and paper, and write down what you want in your next home and let one of our agents do the hard work for you.

        2. Hire A Realtor

          It is possible to house hunt alone, however, hiring a realtor simplifies the process immensely. Realtors are professional house hunters and are there for you 24/7 in order to find your dream home. With connections throughout the area and access to professional databases, realtors are a key piece in the house hunting process. Whether you use your realtor as a pseudo-therapist or a negotiating master, your agent will jump through hoops for you to find the best home for you and your family.

        3. Keep An Open Mind

          In times of high-stress, it can be hard to keep an open mind. Buying a new home is an emotional process and it’s important to stay calm and level-headed. Take a step back and look at the facts and figures. Easier said than done but do your best to keep an open mind to a new neighborhood or a type of house you never imagined yourself in before. Who knows, it could be the best decision of your life!

        4. Lists, Lists, Lists

          No matter how many houses you’ve looked at online or walked through, take notes on everything. From the thousands of homes on the market, it’s impossible to keep track of everything in your head. Whether on your phone or a piece of paper, write down the pros and cons, facts and numbers of each house you’re considering to keep your thoughts focused. The more information you have the easier your decision will be in making your final decision.

        5. Treat Yourself

          As humans, we’re programmed to want answers as fast as possible.. which is why waiting is the hardest part of the house hunting process. Whether you’re waiting to hear back from your realtor, or waiting to hear the results of your inspection, it can undoubtedly be a stressful period of time. To help relieve this stress, schedule an appointment for a massage or hit the gym for a sweat session. With all of the anxiety and unknown, it’s important to keep your body feeling good and relaxed to make the important decisions.

        6. Make It Fun!

          Despite all the drama that can come with house hunting, it’s easy to forget about all the good that comes with purchasing a new home too! There’s a house for everyone, it just takes time to find the perfect one. Keep the house hunting process fun by involving your whole family. Let your kids design the room of their dreams or bring them to open houses to keep the process fun. Before you know it, it’ll be moving day!

      At The Degnan Group at Key Realty, it’s our mission to help find the best home for you and your family. We are constantly updating listings on your website to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date homes available. For the most professional and knowledgeable realtors in the area, contact us today.

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