Common Mistakes People Make When Viewing Santa Cruz Homes for Sale

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Thursday, February 14th, 2013 at 1:01am.

When you are purchasing property, you will likely take a look at many different Santa Cruz homes for sale before making your final decision. Unfortunately, when real estate buyers go to view a house, they often make some crucial mistakes that usually don’t work out in their best interests. Below are a few pitfalls buyers make and how you can avoid them.

Looking at the décor and not the house

Keep in mind that furnishings and décor can make a mediocre house look amazing or an excellent house look merely average. Some buyers are turned off by unattractive or dated décor and then miss out on a great house hiding underneath. When viewing Santa Cruz homes for sale, ignore the owner’s choice of wallpaper or area rugs and focus on what really counts — the quality of the house itself.

Underestimating a renovation

Perhaps you are viewing a potential property and you see that the kitchen is in desperate need of renovation. You take a quick look, make a budget in your head and assume that it will be no big deal. However, when it comes down to the actual task, renovations are usually much more complicated and costly than you imagine. Make sure you take the time to make a more detailed assessment of any renovations or repairs that need to be done, so you have a better estimate from which to work.

Viewing the house just once

Once is not enough when you are choosing a house to buy. Why? This is because the neighborhood might be completely different depending on the day of the week or the time of day. Visit the property multiple times to get a complete sense of what it is like to live there.

These are just a few of the common mistakes to watch out for when viewing possible houses to purchase. If you’d like more tips for viewing Santa Cruz homes for sale, please call me at 831.662.6522 or email me at for more information.

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