When you’re shopping for a new home, it’s important to be prepared so that when you find a property you like, you can make a good offer. With that in mind, here are some of the most common arrangements you may need to make for your home search.

• A pre-arranged mortgage. Getting the financing arranged in advance is essential for two reasons. First, it helps to determine how much you can afford for a new home. Second, having a pre-arranged mortgage will make your offers more credible. So, if you’re thinking of moving soon, talk to your lender or mortgage advisor right away.

• A professional home inspector. Depending on the state of the market in which you’re shopping, it’s usually advisable to have a professional home inspection done on a property you’re interested in buying. You don’t want to buy a home only to discover a kitchen plumbing issue that requires an expensive repair.

• A sitter. Whether you have pets, children, or both, it’s a good idea to have a reputable sitter available, especially if you anticipate a long day or two viewing properties. Make those arrangements now, so when you’re ready to search for a new home, the question of “Who will look after the kids?” won’t be an issue.

• Measurements. Imagine buying a home, moving your furniture, and then finding out the king-sized bed won’t fit into the bedroom or the furniture doesn’t lay out properly in the living room. That’s why it’s important to take measurements, especially of larger items. And, don’t forget to bring your measuring tape with you when viewing homes!

The more prepared you are, the more successful your home search will be.