A home is likely the largest purchase you are going to make in your lifetime, so it's important to be thorough. From saving enough for a down payment to searching for an area to live in, there is a lot that goes into to process of buying a home.

Prospective homebuyers are likely excited. However, it's critical not to let those emotions weight too heavily on a home purchase. When assessing a property, for example, it's important to have an unbiased home inspector review the property. Where you might have missed a critical detail about a property - possibly because of excitement skewing their perceptions - a reputable inspector then can ensure it is included in a detailed report. 

There are a variety of ways to ensure you avoid homebuyer's remorse, most of which require a little extra homework on your end. This time will be well-spent, ensuring you find the home of your dreams and not a money pit. 

Review photos

One of the first ways you will likely see a home is through pictures. Home sellers will often have professional pictures taken of their property to increase the curb appeal. And while photos can show you a lot about a home, it's important to take them with a grain of salt as they are far from everything. In addition, once you have viewed the property it's important to go back and look at the pictures again. This will remind of you things you might have liked or disliked about the home, helping you better evaluate the property. 

Know what you want

While it might sound obvious, some homebuyers aren't entirely sure what they are looking for in a home when they decide upon purchasing a home and once they do make a purchase, they soon regret it. When buying a home, it's critical to do your homework and thoroughly research details about neighborhoods you might be interested in. However, it's important to know what you are looking for in the first place. Do you want a place that's close to your work? Are there top-notch schools in the area if you have children? Sometimes narrowing your choices down to things like location, the amount of bedrooms and schools in the area will help you make a decision you won't regret.

Be attentive at an open house

An open house is typically the first time you get to see a home on the inside. While you can only learn so much from pictures, the open house allows you to get a closer look. However, homebuyers need to be aware that an open house is hosted by a seller and therefore, they will attempt the show the property in its best light. Sellers will touch up a room's paint job or they'll even bake cookies before tours begin to make the property seem as appealing as possible. All of this will make a home more interesting to potential buyers. However, it's important you are aware of flaws that matter with the home and flaws that don't. For example, some faded cabinets might seem unappealing, but they are a quick fix when compared to something like signs of flooding in the basement. 

Get a home inspected

A surefire way to avoid buyer's remorse is to request a home inspection. This process is a critical part of any home purchase. You will learn about every nook and cranny of the home, helping you make a more-informed decision. A reputable home inspector can walk you through any systems that need explaining, making sure you not only avoid remorse, but so you can also be a better homeowner once the time comes.