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Everything You Need to Know When You Are Planning to Buy a House

Updated on June 19, 2012

Buying a house is a dream millions of people have. However, to implement at dream in real life you need to possess certain qualities. Apart from the money needed to buy an apartment or build a house, you need to be knowledgeable about specific aspects of house selection. Otherwise, you will not be able to do justice to your hard earned money in purchasing a house.

Before you zero in on a house or apartment in a city, check the surrounding location and available amenities well. You need to know your priorities well. If your house is not far away from the office location, it will surely save you some commuting time. You should also look for proximity to markets, malls, chemist shops and other things that are needed in life frequently in a neighborhood before buying a house there. The place should have good transportation links to important cities and places.

If you buy a house from an existing owner it is important to check various rooms and areas of the house carefully. Look for plumbing system in the house. If you see the plumbing requires renovation, it gives you the chance to bargain with the owner. The same thing can be said about the electrical setup. Check for any loose wires and switches that do not work properly. If you overlook these things before buying house, not only you will have to pay extra but will also subject your family members to troubles and danger.

You should check the construction quality of the house carefully before making the purchase. If you have plans to build another floor later, the house should be able to support that. You need to be careful about procuring all documentation from the existing house owner if you are buying a used house. Overlooking documentation can result in ending up paying extra in taxes and other areas.

You should ensure that the house you want to buy has adequate space for your lifestyle and needs. For example, if you like to make a garden at backyard or front, there should be some space and the soil should be suitable for plantation. If you have a pet like dog, you may need to build a pet house outside the house. At times, some real estate agencies sell houses that have been lying vacant after construction for some time. In that case, you may need to paint the exterior and inside of the house before moving in. In many cases, a little amount of renovation is something house owners need to do.

You can search for reliable real estate agencies for buying a house online. Most professional real estate firms have their websites. You can compare the rates and offerings of such firms online easily and take a decision afterwards. It would be sensible to take suggestions and tips from your friends and colleagues who have bought house from such agencies. Always opt for a real estate firm that is clear on payment terms and documentation.


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      Bill 5 years ago from western pennsylvania

      Great ideas good hub. voted up and shared

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Great tips while buying a house! Nice hub.

      Up and useful.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Great information and tips, Carrie! Thanks!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      me too! good advice. Thank you for this.

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      carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      thanks phoneix as you like the tips!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I wish I had known about these details before we bought our house. It never occurred to me to check the plumbing. I guess we were lucky that everything has turned out for us. I'm sharing this with my daughter, who is thinking about buy a house next year, and with others.

      Nice hub.