Buying your first home is an exciting moment in your life. It’s the moment when you take control of your destiny, get a foot on the property ladder, and really begin to feel like you’ve got this whole adulting business in hand.
As wonderful as the process of buying a first home is, it’s also a time that can present a number of challenges. The biggest challenge of all is the simplest: you’ve never done this before. You’re a newbie; potentially even a little naive; you don’t have the experience to call on to make sure that the entire home-buying process runs as smoothly as possible.
As a result of this, many first time buyers can quickly find themselves in hot water during their purchase. They forget the things they should remember; they overlook problems that they should be considering. If you want to ensure you avoid buyer’s remorse for your first home, then there’s a few things that you’re going to need to remember…
1) Visit The Property Multiple Times…
… and preferably, at different times of day.
When you visit a house on a pleasant weekday afternoon, all will seem well with the world. You think the neighbourhood is quiet and decide: yes, this is definitely somewhere I can see myself living. If you forget to visit the house at night, then you might move in without realising the house is in earshot of an all-night bar or has its fair share of loiterers causing trouble through the night.
By visiting the house at multiple times of day, on weekdays and on weekends, you can be sure you’re getting the full picture of what the neighbourhood might be like to live in.
2) Get A Survey
Homebuyers have the need to obtain a survey, through the likes of Allcott Associates Chartered Surveyors and similar firms, hammered into them. It’s an endless roll of insistence on getting a survey; literally any home-buying guide will insist on it.
Well, this one isn’t going to be any different: you need to get a survey. Why does this bear repetition? Because it appears that, despite all the warnings, many buyers go without a survey and buy a house that could potentially be structurally unsafe. Protect yourself; protect your investment: get a survey.
3) Check Your Transport Links
You might not think that transport is particularly important when you are browsing, but the necessity of good transport links will soon become apparent when you have bought the house. You have to think about friends and family who visit you, as well as timing just how long your new commute is going to be.
It’s also worth looking at how bad the rush hour traffic gets around your new property. You don’t want to measure your commute, deem it to be acceptable, and then realise that between 4pm and 6pm that the entire surrounding area is basically gridlocked!
Buying your first home is a wonderful time that you will treasure forever– and by ensuring you tick off the above, you can be sure