People hunt lots of thingsâ€”birds, deer, squirrel. But here in the concrete jungle of Chicago, thereâ€™s really only one thing we hunt: new living spaces. Whether this is your first time looking to buy a Chicago home
or youâ€™re a seasoned veteran in the house hunting game, you can always improve your strategies to make sure you find that dream home in your dream neighborhood. â€œLocation, location, locationâ€
Here in Chicago, and in most metropolitan areas, location is everything. Where you choose to live in the city says a lot about you. But more important than what your neighborhood says about you is what your neighborhood offers you. What things must your new neighborhood have in order for you to be happy there? Make a mental note of these thingsâ€”a good place to start may be an examination of what you dislike about your current neighborhood. Make a List and Check it Twice
Looking at tons of different homes can become overwhelming and confusing, especially if youâ€™re looking at multiple versions of the same style of home in the same area. Before you even begin your hunt, make a list of what you need in a home, and ask your realtor to show you properties that meet your needs. Be very specific and honest with yourself. Then, bring this list to each home you visit and use it to verify that it meets your needs. Make notes about things that you especially like or dislike. If you can, snap a few photos of each home you visit so you can remember what each one looks like.
Donâ€™t Let Your Manners Cause You to Waste Time
As youâ€™re house hunting, particularly with a realtor, you may walk into a place and immediately know itâ€™s not the one for you. That very moment, and not a second later, is when you should make your exit. Thereâ€™s no point to wasting everyoneâ€™s time, especially yours, because youâ€™re trying to be polite. Every home is not for every person, and thatâ€™s okay.