Buying

5 Things to Look for When Buying a House

Story Highlights
  • #1 – Hidden faults and defects
  • #2 – Look beyond the clutter when buying a house
  • #3 – Investigate the area when buying a house
  • #4 – Look for smart homes
  • #5 – Offer the right price

Buying a house is an exciting journey and it is very rewarding.

With the current market conditions, many people are taking the leap and becoming homeowners.

However, buying a house is not as easy as it seems. There are a lot of things to consider and many things to look for before signing on the dotted line.

You have to keep your eyes open to ensure that you make a sound investment. Here are 5 things to look for when buying a house. 

#1 – Hidden faults and defects

Many homeowners have fallen into the trap of buying a house and finding defects after the sale. This is because they don’t take time to scrutinize every corner of the house upon viewing.

The seller is going to make the house look as good as possible. They will probably try to cover up as many defects as possible because they want a quick and profitable sale.

Be sure to look for any faults or defects that might be hiding behind a fresh coat of paint or a strategically positioned couch.

Don’t be scared to move things around and open cupboards. This is the only way to determine whether you are making a good buy. 

#2 – Look beyond the clutter

Sellers don’t often pack their knickknacks and decorative items away when they have an open house. Buyers should try to look beyond this.

Look at the functionality of the rooms and not the way it has been decorated and set out. Envision yourself in the house and decide whether you can make it a home. 

The clutter, ornaments, paintings, and portraits will all disappear when the current owners move out.

#3 – Investigate the area

The number one rule in real estate is location, location, location!

You are going to live in and become part of the neighbourhood for a good few years. Make sure that you feel comfortable enough living there.

You can get a feel of the area by driving by the house at random times in the day and night.

Keep an eye out for suspicious activity when you do this and note whether security teams are patrolling the area.

Avoid neighbourhoods where there is a lot of noise and bad views. Not only will this spoil your stay but you will have a difficult time selling when you decide to move. 

#4 – Look for smart homes

Smart homes are very trendy at the moment because they are efficient and they help homeowners save money.

A house with a smart security alarm or sensor technology already installed is a great investment.

The control is in your hands and you can control everything from the palm of your hand on your smartphone.

It gives you as the homeowner more freedom and you don’t have to go through the hassle of installing a smart system from scratch. 

#5 – Offer the right price

When buying a house you need to remember that you are not the only hunter in the field.

There are many other potential homeowners just like you eyeing the house you are interested in.

When you put in an offer, make sure that it is reasonable. Do enough research and see what the market value is of similar homes in the area.

The more information you have, the better. You don’t want to price it too high or too low. 

Buying a house requires organization and research. As a buyer, you need to have enough knowledge before you approach the seller. These 5 tips will help you secure your dream home. 


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