It happens far too often: homebuyers spend months searching for the perfect home. If only the process were quick. Acting as a quick house buyer may backfire.  However, if you look hard enough for those private homes for sale by the owner, you may have a better chance your offer will be accepted. Regardless, when the closing day comes, you’ll be so excited to become a homeowner.

However, once in the house, it isn’t long before they regret their decision to purchase the house. If you want to avoid homeowner regret, consider these four things before making an offer on the house.

1. What Happens When the Neighbours Are Home?

Many house showings happen during the day. Neighbourhoods are quiet as children are at school and many adults are at work. You buy the house believing that you are buying into a nice peaceful neighbourhood, but then evening hits on the first day in your new house, and you quickly realize you were wrong. This realization is why being a quick house buyer is not always wise. 

If you want to get a good feel for your new neighbours and what the area will be like before you buy the house, make sure you drive by at different times of the day. Check out what the noise level is like and if it seems safe. Are there families out in their yards? Does it appear to be the place you want to live?

2. What Will Your Commute Be Like?

A rule to live by should never make an offer on a house until you have made your commute through rush hour traffic. So before you place an offer, drive from work straight to the new house, and leave your current home early in the morning to drive to the new house and then to work.

Can you handle that commute day in and day out? Don’t forget to consider how far away it is from the other favourite locations you want to go to.

3. Are There Enough Bathrooms?

Having enough bathrooms can make a big difference in your everyday life. Homebuyers need to make sure that the house has enough bathrooms for the number of bedrooms.

Consider if you will be having guests coming to stay at your house or if you plan on having children in the future. If so, you want to make sure you have enough bathrooms.

4. The Unchangeable

It’s easy to get caught up in looking at the design of the house, things like the colours on the wall, the flooring style, or the kitchen light fixtures, but all of these things can be changed once you own the house. The important things to look at are the problems that cannot be changed or can be very difficult and expensive if you want to change them. This would include things like the location, power lines, nearby factories, and the floor plan of the house.

Purchasing a house is a big decision, and you want to be careful so you don’t make a decision that you will regret, especially if you look for private homes for sale by owner. Consider all of these points to make sure the house really is the right one for you. Once you do that, you can make your offer with confidence.