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Buying a house is one of the most important purchases you will ever make but it’s easy to get caught up in the moment and end up kicking yourself when you later regret to focus on the important details. Before you do anything, take a deep breath and read on… It is important to set your priorities. Make a list and write down everything you want in a home. Then choose your top five must haves and keep this list with you during every house visit. Get to know the estate agent and build up a good relationship – this way they’re more likely to work hard to get you what you want. Then begin asking questions as to why the vendors are moving, how long the property has been on the market, how many offers have been made and the possibility of making a low offer. When viewing, set aside a whole day and go to 6-7 different houses. After you see each house, note down the pros and cons and compare. Beyond the basic elements such as bathroom and bedroom, consider the natural light in each room, quality of the roof and whether any renovations will need doing. Look high and look low. It is important to get a good look at the house that could be your new home, so make a point of focusing on things outside your usual line of vision. Check out the ceilings, walls, floors, windows, and roof as well as under the sinks. Walk round once to get the feel of the property and then repeat, looking at each room in more detail. This time make notes on what you like, dislike, see and can’t see. This will come in handy later on when you’re trying to decide whether the house was for you. Some homebuyers also find it handy to sketch a floor plan or take their own photos, as you’ll be amazed at how quickly memory fades. It is also a good idea to check out the property at different times of day. This way you’ll see the property in different light, be able to explore the atmosphere in the neighbourhood and you’re bound to discover new things about the house each time. Finally, take a moment to envision how you would use the space. Just because the current owner has the second bedroom set up for guests doesn’t mean you can’t use it as an office, gym or a nursery. Colour schemes, décor and furniture can all be swapped so use your imagination and really put yourself in the home n Image credit: Luigi Trevisi/Shutterstock.com Image credit: Alexey Fedorenko/Shutterstock.com Image credit: Zoltan Gabor/Shutterstock.com


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