General Order of Events to Complete FSBO Purchase

Starting Out

Before you begin your home search, try answering some of these questions.

  • Where do you want to live? Location is the one thing about your home that you cannot change.
  • How much room do you currently live in? Need more? Need less?
  • What do you love and hate about your current home?
  • What features have you seen in other homes that you like or dislike?
  • How many stories do you want?
  • If you want a two-story home, do you want the owners suite upstairs or down?
  • What features do you need in the kitchen? Does it need to be open to the family room?
  • If you have children, do they need their own game room?
  • Do you have a big-screen TV that needs an appropriate wall or cabinet?
  • How large a backyard do you want?
  • How much time and money can you devote to yard care?
  • Do you want a swimming pool?
  • How important are mature trees to you?
  • Do you want a new or pre-owned house? If pre-owned, how old? Are you willing to update an older house to suit your tastes?
  • What kind of community do you want to live in? Lots of organized activities and shared recreational facilities or a more quiet, private atmosphere?
  • How important is the quality of the school district to you?
  • What other special needs do you have?

Getting Pre-qualified

Getting pre-qualified is easy - literally a phone call. Your lender can tell you how much you are able to spend for a home and answer many other financial questions.

Searching for Your Perfect Home

After you have an idea of what you'd like in your new home, it's time to begin your search. You may want to start off by searching for your home on the Internet. This will give you a general idea of what is available.

Making an Offer

When you find your perfect home, you’ll need to make an offer.

Inspection and Repairs

After you have a contract agreed to, you will have the home inspected. This can be a painful process if it is not carefully handled!