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Buyer’s Guide Tips

By Helen Aspinall

Research – Inspections – Finance – Buying – Moving

  1. Research

Research to determine your non-negotiables. What are your property deal breakers?
– Which suburb would you most like to live in?
– Do you like neighbouring suburbs?
– Are local Schools a consideration?
– What dream features of your home are you wanting?
– How many bedrooms do you need?

Once you’ve decided these, it will make it much easier to narrow down your search parameters, creating a good starting list for your hunt!

2. Inspection

Go to as many inspections as you can as they are about more then just the house. It’s a chance to see the rest of the street, explore the neighborhood and check out the ‘competition’ – the other potential buyers.

Take Note:

  • – Does everything open and shut?
  • – Do lights turn on and off without flickering?
  • – Do taps work and is the water flow adequate?
  • – Do the floors slope or bounce?
  • – Are there cracks in the walls?
  • * Don’t forget to walk around the outside of the property to check fences and the condition of the buildings exterior including gutters and down-pipes.

3. Finance

Buying a house is a major investment, it is important to make sure your finances are in order before starting the process. You also need to think about how your going to pay for it. So how much money do you need?

Deposit- How much are you willing to pay upfront to secure your home? The simple truth is that the more deposit you pay, the more likely you are to get a loan.

Other costs- Inspection fees are not compulsory, but it is a good idea to get a house inspection to uncover any likelihood of hidden costs you may have to pay once you’ve brought the property.

4. Buying

Your satisfied that there are no major problems with your chosen property and have explored the local area to ensure it meets all of your non-negotiable requirements. Next is to think about buying.

5. Moving

All paperwork has gone through and they keys have been handed over. The moving into your new home is the exciting and easy part!

Ray White Blackall also suggests to create a checklist to keep organised and make it easier for you throughout this process 🙂

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