Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Thinking of Moving? What Have You Forgotten To Check?



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When moving house, there are a lot of things you need to take into consideration. You need to find a home that you like, for the budget that you have and then work out how to transport all of your things to this new home. However, before you put an offer down on a house, there might be a few things that you have forgotten. Here are a few.

Are You Happy With The Property?
This is so important. Are you happy with the property? Are you? If you are not 100% happy, what is it that makes this house loose some of it's luster in your eyes? If you feel like you are settling for something that you aren’t happy with, then you need work out why that is. You might have made a compromise with your partner as it is their idea of the perfect home. Or you might be rushing because buying a house is a long drawn out process that can take a lot of time and effort. If it is the latter, then you need to assess whether you are going to be fine with that happening. Can you see yourself living in this house in 10-15 years time? If not, then this might not be the house for you. You shouldn’t feel like you need to live somewhere you don’t want to because of factors like pressure to buy, a cheap deal or any thing else that might come into play. You should buy the house that you love and that you can imagine living in for years to come.

The Local Area
One of the things that people often forget to do when buying a house is to explore the local area. You need to see what is around, who are the people that live here and how you will get along in this new area. This is because as much as you are going to live in your new house, you are also going to live and probably work in this area as well. This means checking out local schools, shops, entertainment and events. If anything isn’t to your liking, you need to decide whether you can live with or without it and how it impacts whether you want to buy the house you were looking at. A good idea is to speak to your neighbors and try to get a feel for what it is like to live in the area and what their opinions are. You don’t need to take them at face value, and you can form your own opinions, but more information is always better.

Add Up The Cost of Hidden Charges
There are a surprising number of hidden charges when buying a house. You need to factor in more than just the cost of buying the house or putting down a deposit. You also need to calculate how much moving costs will be, house valuation, legal processes, survey and a slew of other things that you might not have thought about. If any of these end up pushing your budget beyond the realms of possibility, then you want to know before you start down the path of buying the house. All of this doesn’t take into consideration any home repairs or improvements that you will need or want to do to the home in order to make it completely yours. Don’t be caught by hidden charges.

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