Buying a new house is an exciting time for everyone. You and your family are planning for the future, looking forward to your new life in a brand new home. That’s why it’s important to make sure you’re making all the right decisions before you go ahead with the buy. Don’t cut corners, because you’ll live to regret it later!
There are some things you can check out by yourself, but other will require specialist expertise. None of it is too difficult though, so don’t worry. Here are 5 of the most important things to check out before you buy your new home.
Inspect the House Thoroughly
One single viewing of a home isn’t enough to know if it’s the right home for you and your family. I know it can be easy to fall in love with a house on first viewing, but you should take a more measured and professional approach to property viewing to begin with.
You should then go back for extra viewings. Don’t be afraid to ask to view a property three, four, or even five times. The more sure you are, the better. Nobody involved want to see you pull out of the deal at the very last minute.
When you’re buying a home, you want to be sure that it isn’t going to start falling down around you like in some bad comedy sketch as soon as you have the keys in your hand. And that’s why it’s so important to get a survey done before you move in.
Potential problems that arise from the survey can then be dealt with by you and the seller. Or if the problems are too serious, you can pull out of the deal straight away before things move too far down the line. That’s the most sensible thing for everyone.
Do a Title Search
We all like to trust people instinctively, but the unfortunate fact of the matter is that some people do try to deceive honest people like you and me.
One way to avoid getting conned is by doing a property title search. By doing a title search, you can check who owns the property and how long they’ve owned it. That way you’ll be sure that the person who is selling the property has the right to do so.
Talk to the Neighbours
It’s always a good idea to at least have a brief chat with the neighbours who you might be living next to before you move in.
You don’t have to become best friends with them all, but you should make sure that they’re aren’t going to turn out to be nightmare neighbours. Some people can be impossible to live next door to.
Get to Know the Area Well
Location is vital, we all hear this constantly, but it’s true! That’s why you should make sure you know and understand the area in which you might be living. It could be disastrous if you find out that the area isn’t suitable after you’ve moved in.
Sometimes the area can only reveal itself to you fully when you look beneath the surface. So, don’t make the mistake of taken a place at face value, explore it!