Selecting your very first home is a very hard thing to do. There are so many different aspects in choosing your first home for you and your partner. Many people wait until they are married to buy their first home together, for obvious legal reasons, it make the paperwork easier. But nowadays many couples don’t wait for marriage to buy their first home to start their family.
When you do finally choose to go to the estate agencies, always remember to show them that you are really interested in buying, because many people go to estate agents just to get an idea, so these agencies are likely to not take young people that seriously. If they think that you are the real deal, you will have a better chance at getting access to the best properties and possibly the best prices. So make sure you show them that you want to see the houses and that you talk everything through with them.
Here are a few tips on how to choose the best home for you:
Get an idea of what you want in a house
Make a list with your partner of exactly what you want your house to be like, what features you want in it. Make sure you write down what you want to ask them, if you want to know if they have any houses with swimming pools, or maybe houses with a double garage. Giving the agency the smaller details will help them find you the right house.
Location, location, location
Visit the area that you have found a possible house in, or the area that you would like to live in, go there during the day and at night. You must get a feel for the area, some places are completely different at night, and you might find that the area that was quite and peaceful during the day is loud and full of people at night.
Get out there and see the houses
Make good use of any of your spare time to go and see the houses on offer, they could only be on the market for a short period of time and you could risk loosing the perfect house for you.
Get it checked
Before making an offer, make sure that you have the property checked out, look at its history etc. so you don’t have any nasty surprises down the road. If you can, get in contact with the current owner and ask about heating bills etc. this will allow you to find out how well the insulation works, and how much you will be spending on heating in the future.
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