HOME BUYING GUIDE (During Search & Inspection)
After you made the decision what type of new home to buy, you should provide as many details to your estate agent as possible. He will do his best to find your perfect home.
Getting the most out of viewings.
To find out as much as you can about a property you like using the photographs, floor plans, virtual tours, online brochures and local information that is available with most descriptions. Always call or email the advertising agent to check any missing information.
As soon as you have established the property is of sufficient interest for you, book a viewing with the agent.
Also, don't forget to take a camera and tape measure on every viewing you go on - the camera is so you can avoid having to rack your brain about which property had the lovely en-suite. With cameras built in as standard on most mobile phones, this is easier than ever. But remember to always ask permission with the agent or owner before taking any pictures. The tape measure is for you to see if your large/favourite pieces of furniture will fit in the rooms.
Negotiating and making an offer.
Once you have found the new home of your dreams, the next step is to make an offer. It is important to consider a variety of factors when choosing your price level in order to achieve the right deal for you. Take a step back to logically look at all the things that matter before making your offer.
Check if the seller is in a hurry to sell or have been trying to sell for a long time. If so, he may be willing to accept a lower offer to make the sale. Sellers who are not in a hurry to move are more likely to hold out for a higher price.
Offer accepted. What next?
Once the seller has accepted your offer, ask him to take it off the market, this will shut out other potential buyers. Now you need to do the paperwork and a deposit payment. Both parties are now legally committed to the deal. A property inventory list should be attached to the contract. Your Real Estate Agent or / and your lawyer will guide you through the legal process and arrange the transfer of ownership to your name.