If you’re starting a home-based business, it’s possible your current house doesn’t have the space you need. You might be thinking of waiting to make a move, though — after all, you’re starting up a company. Who has time to look for a new home? The answer is, you do, with the right help. A real estate agent can help you find a new space while you’re simultaneously growing your business. First, check out these tips, brought to you by Reliable Investment Consulting.
Choose a Real Estate Agent
When you’re busy managing day-to-day functions, you need to streamline as many tasks as possible. Hiring a real estate agent to act as your partner is one of the best ways to do that.
Your agent is prepared to handle the tedious tasks that can otherwise consume your time. If you’re selling your current property, he or she will take phone calls and schedule showings. Your agent will narrow the field to serious buyers so that you won’t spend time weeding through casual inquiries. When you find your new home, your agent knows the purchasing process and will efficiently handle the paperwork and inspections.
Understand Your Needs
Since you’re moving to begin and grow your business, one of the first priorities is to find a home that suits your work needs. You have several factors to consider, including:
- Floor plan
- Square footage
- Space to store inventory, if needed
- Dedicated home office
Tell your real estate agent about the features you require so he or she can narrow the search.
Visit Multiple Properties
Armed with your must-have list, your agent will probably find several homes for you to view. Keep an open mind as you review the properties. Your real estate agent knows the market and matches your requirements with what’s available.
It’s important to tour homes in person during your search. Per Statista, 93% of homebuyers use websites when shopping, so you’ve probably browsed through many properties online. However, you won’t be able to pick up on all the details from a screen.
Is there a musty smell in the basement? Do the floors slope? You’ll get the whole picture of the benefits and the red flags during an in-person tour. You don’t have to view every property, but it’s worth scheduling time to see the ones on your top-10 list.
Make an Offer
Once you’ve found the perfect home, you’re ready to set down an offer. Your real estate agent understands the dynamics of the neighborhood and current market and can advise you on a fair asking price. You don’t want to offer full price if you can save a few thousand dollars, but you don’t want to make a lowball offer and offend the seller.
Consider Business Growth
You might wish you could put everything on hold while you’re buying a new home. Unfortunately, that’s not always practical. You’re already planning for the future of your business by purchasing a larger space.
Depending on your industry, you and your business may benefit if you earn a degree on the side. If you plan to offer IT or consulting services, for example, earning a master’s degree can pay off in the long run. With online courses in abundance, you have the freedom to take classes at your own pace. By choosing a program that you can shape to your schedule, you can successfully juggle your obligations and be set up for success.
Managing Your Move
Moving is a challenge under the best of circumstances, but you don’t have to go it alone. Consider enlisting the help of friends and family for both packing and moving, or hiring a professional moving company to eliminate all but your smaller details.
Another option is to hire a professional organizer to manage the move on your behalf. The Clutter Bee explains these professionals can make all your arrangements, from scheduling movers to transferring your utilities. Think through what option is best for you, not only in terms of cost, but in time- and stress-relief.
Multitasking isn’t easy, but if you need to move while starting a business, your real estate agent can help you through the purchasing process. You’ll be on your way to success in your new home.
Look to Reliable Investment Consulting for help with all your real estate needs.