Looking to buy a home but not sure where to begin or what to look out for? Fret not, because we’ve got you covered! Thanks to the Property Brothers on HGTV, we were able to put together a list of tips and tricks often overlooked to help get you started on your journey to being a homeowner!
Tip #1: Ask neighbours about the reputation of the builder
Don’t be afraid to speak to your potential neighbours to get the low-down about the builders. Some important questions to ask: Did they have any problems? If so, what were they? It’s also useful to ask if the builder has ever been slow to address a problem or about any bad reputations to date.
Tip #2: Have the home inspected by an independent professional
Yes, it’s okay to be sceptical about your potential new home and you should be! “But the house is brand new, it’s practically in perfect condition”, right? Wrong. This is a common mistake made by homebuyers. It may be slightly costly but it will be worth it in the long run!
Tip #3: Stay calm and be wise!
Buying a house is a big decision – so you have to be rational about it. Buying a house based on emotions is only going to break your heart. There’s a huge difference between emotions and instincts – listen to the latter! Trust your instincts because only then will you recognise a house for its value. After all, a house is an investment so stay calm and be wise.
Tip #4: Take your time in choosing a good real estate agent
Don’t rush the decision when looking for a suitable real estate agent. Go for open houses and chat some of them up to see if you connect on some level. Remember, you want to be able to trust your real estate agent – so take your time!
Tip #5: Get to know the neighbourhood before signing that dotted line!
Get to know your neighbourhood before sealing the deal. Get to know your potential neighbours – can you see yourself getting along with them? What’s the traffic and noise situation? Getting to know the residents in the area will help you decide if this is where you see yourself or your family grow.
Want to know more about choosing the perfect home? Look no further than The Property Brothers who are determined to help couples find, buy and transform extreme fixer-uppers into the ultimate forever home, and since it’s hard to see beyond a dated property’s shortcomings, they’re using state-of-the-art CGI to reveal their vision of the future.
The Property Brothers S9 will be premiering on HGTV (Channel 731) on Monday, 23rd July @ 10pm.