Common Mistakes To Avoid While Buying A Home

Buying a new house is the most common dream in everyone’s life and it is kind of a huge step. So, for this reason, you should take your decision very carefully and smartly. Because even a small mistake and ignorance will make you lose a huge cost. Buying a house is involved in a massive financial investment. Therefore always make sure to avoid the following mistakes that can harm or halt your investment. Here are some of the common mistakes that you should avoid while buying a home.

Otherwise, it will cost you a lot and shatter your dreams of buying a new home

Make Sure to Visit Number of Properties

If you are buying a home for the first time, you may not have a full idea of what you are looking for. So, until your mortgage is sorted to start house-hunting. Because, even before your mortgage is approved, spending more time to view as many properties as possible, will allow you to figure out what you’re willing to do without, what you like, and what the absolute deal-breakers are. Even if your wishlist is lengthy, seeing what’s out there is really the only way to sort out what goes on your list of “has to have” and your list of “can do without.”

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Leave the Valuation Until Last

In most of the cases, the valuation will last for about two months only. So, keeping this in mind, ignore this step as late as possible. So, that you are will get covered in the event of contractual delays still. When you are entering the market, you can save every cent and it will go a long way. Furthermore, this leaving the valuation until the last minute will help you avoid paying for a second one.

Don’t be in Hurry When Buying a Home

It is a common and easy thing that you may fall in love with a property and sometimes you may want it at any cost. But you have to stay within your budget even if it is your dream property. Once the bidding starts you should not make your first bid at or above the asking price.

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Sometimes, this may result in making your bidding end up as the final price. Furthermore, when buying a home it is also important that getting the property surveyed. Because your dream home looks so beautiful at first glance, later it could show up quickly and will become a nightmare if issues such as flooding, damp, or poor structural design.

Sometimes this can end up being a long-term problem for you people. Opting a home in a locality that has the problems, such as electricity shortage, water crisis or lack of infrastructure is not at all good choice. So to avoid this kind of scenarios you should ask an independent structural surveyor for assessing the property in order to ensure your dream house doesn’t fall apart in the future.

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Sort out Your Mortgage Protection/Life Insurance

It is an important step to sort out your Life Insurance, previous House Insurance Ireland and/or Mortgage Protection. In most of the cases, your mortgage provider will ask you for some form of cover before granting approval. Otherwise, if you are having life insurance or mortgage protection which makes sense that your spouse/family won’t be left with anything or having to pay off the mortgage on their own.

Furthermore, the various factors can affect your life insurance and Home Insurance Ireland premiums. However, if the worst happens, then having life insurance or mortgage protection in place will help your family to protect themselves and ensure they keep the roof over their heads.

Do not Purchase a Home without Reading the Agreement

If you signed an agreement without reading it you are the reason for making yourself vulnerable to fraud or forgery. If you signed the agreement without knowing about consequences of the property you might not have the right to ask the seller for requisite clearances in the future. So, better you choose a lawyer who can read through the document thoroughly and watch out for any loopholes.

Don’t Forget to Discuss the Fixed and Variable Costs when Buying a Home

Nowadays, several builders are slashing property prices and increasing the maintenance and other charges quietly. So, this is the reason, the buyer should discuss all the expenses that incur while buying a home itself in advance.

If you have managed to avoid all these mistakes then you can get your home with utmost security. However, it’s important to make sure you have adequate home insurance or house insurance cover in place even if you have found your dream home.

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I am Adegboyega Tunde Temitayo. A registered Town Planner with the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP) and Town Planners Registration Council (TOPREC).

I love to think differently and possibly on various Urban and Regional Planning issues to proffer solutions to Urban and Rural Environmental Problems. You can subscribe to my YouTube Channel

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