Take All the Time in World in House Hunting
Purchasing a new house is a big deal, it will be one of the most important financial transaction in your life so don’t rush any part of the process; you’d be surprised at how many people rush the choosing process of a new house. For every three people, at least one will spend just around 30 minutes in choosing a house to purchase and live in; we spend at least an house watching a movie and it doesn’t have a much bearing in our lives compared to choosing a new home.
Less than half of people who are in the process of buying a new home actually plan for a second visit on the property even though they’ll spend a small fortune on it; visits enable buyers to check every nook and cranny of the house. In the end, many do have regrets due to their rash decision making especially when problems like damp areas, noisy neighbours and parking issues arise in the future. So for those on the hunt for their next home should go all out in research and interviews; it’s better to delay a purchase then to pay for property that you’ll regret later.
What to Remember
Most buyers actually begin searching online as a lot of websites display the property’s basic information before the actual viewing. Property portals provide a good source of information to potential buyers and thus they have an idea of what to expect at the property and neighbourhood. Since property portals offer basic information, it’s possible to find the answers for some crucial inquiries that you might have like how long lease contracts go for and if there are any service charges.
When you arrive at the property for a scheduled visit, asses the outside area before stepping into the house; look at the property from a distant view and see if it has appeal, check the roof to make sure it’s in great condition and check the overall property if it actually has been maintained. Be on the lookout for signs of possible underlying problems which you will face in the future if you decide to go for the particular property; if the area smells strongly of air freshener, beware because it’s possible that they used the air fresheners on top of foul or damp smells to hide them.
Thoroughly check the layout of the entire house to see if it’s appealing as well as practical; a weirdly intricate corridor setup may be a sign that some walls have been added or remove without any approval of the freeholder or building permission. We highly encourage you to open every drawer, cupboard, closet and door in the house to make sure there won’t be unwanted surprised in the future; as you go along, decide where to put belongings in case it’s the house that you’ll officially purchase.