Buying a house is a big deal, whether you're moving across town or across the country. Of course, a long-distance move to a different state comes with its own unique challenges, starting with how to shop for the right home across state lines. How do you shop, when you can't readily visit target homes and neighborhoods? Our REALTORS® love helping buyers find the right home no matter their location, and we've put together key tips to help you buy a home in a different state.
Start By Contacting Your Coach Real Estate AgentMoving to a new state means you'll have a harder time doing extensive research in person, so contacting a local expert takes on added importance. You can learn plenty about the local real estate market from your Coach agent. They have access to more than 130,000 real estate professionals in over 70 countries Let a local expert start scouting homes that may match your needs. In addition to checking listings in your target destination, they can provide current market trends and analysis on your future destinations. Choosing the right neighborhood plays a huge role in long-term happiness with a home, and with a little digging, you can get the scoop on even small-town neighborhoods.
...But Don't Take Everything at Face Value
While online information is easily accessible, it also has limitations. Online listings can be outdated, and photos can provide a poor representation of what the home is really like, Be cautious about falling in love with a home based on listing photos alone. Virtual tours can provide a more realistic representation of what a home has to offer, but not every listing will have a virtual tour available.
Take a Trip to Scout the Community If Possible
You may not be able to stop by whenever there's an open house that catches your eye, but it's worth arranging a scouting trip to your new community if possible. So, let our relocation team help you arrange area tours. Visiting a community in person can confirm what you learn online and will provide the type of impressions that can only be formed first-hand. Plan ahead for your visit, so that you'll have time to scout homes while your there.
Get A Home Inspection
Once you get serious about making an offer on a specific home, it pays to have a home inspection. It's required in many cases, but even when not required an inspection can tell you so much about a home. A home inspection provides peace of mind that the home won't have any hidden issues, which is especially important when you're shopping in a different state. Your local expert can get you a first-hand recommendation to a reputable home inspector.
Contact Local Utilities and Research Property Restrictions
Save time and headaches by researching local utilities ahead of time, including power, water, internet, phone service, and garbage collection. You'll also want to check out property restrictions in the area, so you have an idea of what you'll be able to do with your new home.
The Right Real Estate Agent and Resources Make All the Difference
When you're shopping across state lines, the right real estate agent makes all the difference in making it a smooth process. Our team at Coach REALTORS® is a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, aka LeadingRE, a robust international network that helps buyers shop for homes no matter their location. Wherever you're shopping from and moving to, you can find a local real estate expert by contacting your home Coach agent.
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