You've spent a bit of time on TradeMe and Realestate.co.nz getting your personal list of favourite houses ready to go. Now is the time to cut that list down and go and see some Whangarei properties!
Open homes give you a great first impression of a property and you’ll know almost immediately if it’s one you want to pursue further. But that first visit can be much more than a “once over lightly” impression. How do you make sure you’re getting as much information from it as possible?
Use the time at the property to perform a thorough first inspection. Later on if you're serious about it, you’ll want to engage professionals to inspect the building’s structure and health, but it’s a good idea to use your initial tour of the home to see some things for yourself.
When inspecting a property, chances are the current owners are going to present the interior of the property in the best possible light. They will have cleaned and tidied, perhaps added a new coat of paint, or even had the home styled with beautiful furniture. Whilst these things will help you to appreciate what the home could look like for you, at this stage, it’s more important to focus on the dwelling’s structure.
If you see anything through this process make a note of it, and make sure to mention it when you have a professional building inspector go through the property.
Location means more than the general neighbourhood. You may be attracted to the area, but take a look at the property’s exact location for things that may bother you over the long-term, hurt re-sale value, or cause lifestyle issues.
Things to consider are:
It’s important to remember that none of these things always have to be immediate deal breakers on a property you’re interested in. It’s about arming yourself with as much information as possible so you can make an informed decision and end up with a property you are happy with, for an amount you feel is fair and reasonable.
Once you have made your first visit and if you decide you wish to proceed in making an offer, seek good legal, building and financial advice from the experts.
Get in touch with us, we'd love to help you get into your next home. Or, see you at our next open home!
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