17 Things You’ll Have To Do When You Buy A House… Buying a house is exciting. It’s nerve-wracking. And it’s also pretty complicated. There’s so much to think about, so many steps to undertake before you move in. Here we share our 17 great tips you’ll need to remember when buying a house:
Make sure owning a house is the right move for you, right now – So many people will tell you renting is throwing away money. However, if the time isn’t right for you to own your own place, wait until it is.
Become a neighbourhood stalker – That’s right, you need to be sure that the area you’re buying in is definitely the area you want to live in. Now, it’s up to you how far you take it but remember a great stake-out involves lots of doughnuts!
Budget like you’ve never budgeted before – Then do it all over again! You need to be completely on top of how much you can afford, every step of the way.
Research like a NASA scientist and start it early – Read websites, newspapers, and magazines with a real estate listing. Note down the homes you’re interested in. See how long they took to sell, how much they sold for, and any changes of asking price in between.
Find the right Real Estate Agent – Look for their knowledge of the process, negotiating skills, and how well they know the area. Don’t be afraid to shop around.
Shop around and make an offer when you find one you like – Make sure you keep a list (as you’ll be visiting a lot of houses), so you can keep track of your thoughts.
Turn on all the taps – You don’t have to go as far as a bath or shower but you need to know the plumbing is working. Also look at how strong the water pressure is and how long it takes to get hot water.
Test all the switches – Turn everything electrical on and off.
Open all the doors and windows – Check that they work properly.
Make sure you look at all of the neighbouring houses as well – You don’t want to be living next to someone who was featured in the last series of ‘Hoarders”.
Get a home inspection – Check for signs of structural damage or things that need fixing. This is something your Real Estate Agent can help you to arrange.
Check for termites but don’t go it alone – Call in the professionals to do it before you sign anything..
Check with the council to see whether there’s any planned development nearby – You don’t want to be woken up by the builders next door at 7am for the next year.
Speak to a conveyancer – buying a house can be a minefield of legal documents. A conveyancer can help you through the whole process, ensuring you complete the right paperwork, on time.
Don’t get caught in floodwaters – Check the local council maps to see if it’s on a flood plan.
Get any planned renovations costed, before you buy – It might seem like a dream to buy a fixer-upper but if you budget incorrectly, it could turn into a nightmare.
Pick out curtains – …and all the other exciting things that will make any house, your home.