Your Adelaide Residential and Commercial Specialist since 1961

Tips For Buyers

Location Counts
You've probably heard the old real estate saying "location, location, location" and it's a point worth considering before you start the house hunting process. How far are you willing to commute to work? How good are the local schools, shopping centres, public transport and other community facilities? Does it matter to you if your home is next a commercial property or vacant block?

Make a list
Do you really know what you need and want in a home? You can save many hours and potential arguments if you make a list before you start. Consider the features you MUST have in your new home, those you definitely don't want and others you would prefer to have but are not essential. A great way to start your wish list is to make a list of things you dislike about your current home.

It's also a good idea to consider your lifestyle and habits. For example if you love to cook, a big kitchen might become a want. Similarly, if you love gardening, you might opt for a home on a large block of land.

Also think about how long you plan to live in your new home. You might be concerned with local schools now but in several years this won't be such a concern. So before you start house hunting think about both your current and your future housing needs.

Do your homework
Many years ago home buyers had very little access to information about recent property sales in the area they wanted to live. These days, with the advent of the internet it's relatively easy to find neighbourhood information, sale and property information.

Seek mortgage pre-approval
What you can spend on a new home is determined by what you can borrow. Rather than guessing this amount it's a good idea to talk to your bank or finance provider so you can get a full assessment of what you can borrow. I f possible seek pre-approval from your lender so when you do find the house of your dreams you won't miss out while waiting for the paperwork to be finalized.

Use a checklist
Inspecting several homes can be confusing. Rather than relying on memory, make notes on each home you visit. Some people even like to take along a video camera to record each house and use this to check features against their "wish list" when they get home. However be sure to use common courtesy if you are thinking of doing this.

Be comfortable
House hunting can be exhausting, especially when inspecting a dozen homes or more in a day. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

Make an offer
Finally, if you do find the house of your dreams or at least the one which fits your criteria most accurately, make an offer. After all, you don't want to go through the house hunting process and come out empty handed.

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