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What You Need To Know Before Purchasing A Home

By Guest Author | October 22, 2012

As much as a home is a basic need and looks obvious to purchase one, sometimes it can be an uphill task to  rent or buy one. It is possible you can save your entire life to buy a home after retirement only to be frustrated when you realize you bought the wrong house; too small, unnecessarily expensive and in a location which is not conducive.

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The infrastructure; electricity and roads may be poor. The same case applies to renting a house. Sometimes you can even be conned by wayward and selfish agents. Therefore, it is worth taking your time before actually committing to buy a house. You can even engage the services of specialists such as engineers and architects to advise you on the kind of a house you should buy. Lawyers on their part will assist you in reading and interpreting the legal documents.

There are few tips one can consider in buying a house:

Be Flexible

It is important that as you look for a house, you be willing to change and accommodate other people offers. Do not be fixed, be willing to negotiate and make counter offers. It is through these negotiations that you get to know the other party better, get more information about the facility you would like to buy. It is also through this kind of information exchange that you get to question the seller their rationale behind their pricing. Being flexible is therefore good.


Do not just accept any price offers from home sellers. Carry out you own survey for the market price. It is important that you get the best price deal. Apart from the actual price, check for any other hidden costs. These include tax arrears which may end up adding to the cost of the house. It is also important that you consider other costs like the power and water costs associated with buying the house in such a place. Transport is also another cost which has a direct bearing on you income. Try to buy a house where the transport cost is minimal.

Do Not be Desperate

Fraudsters are all over. They know very well that out there, there are clients who will do anything to get a house. They now decide to prey on your desperate situation. Always, whenever an agent approaches you to sell you a house, insist on verifying their authenticity. Establish where they are located together with their contact information. On top, insist on seeing the house and even inspecting it. Verifying its legal documents is also very important.

Furnish the House

After getting a home to the place of your choice, it may not necessarily be in the condition you would like it to be. You can make it into what you want. You can better the environment around it by planting trees and flowers around the pavements of the house. You can also do some bit of painting. You can even cement the compound if it is earth. This will make it more beautiful.


Author’s Bio: Jeff Hall is a freelance writer, professional blogger, and social media enthusiast. His blog focuses on insurance. You can follow him on Google+

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