After years of saving, you finally have the money to get a place of your own.
The hassle of getting the money took a lot of energy but it doesnâ€™t stop there. The search to find the perfect house can be a much bigger hassle. Thereâ€™ll be a lot of things going through your mind â€“ can I change the interior? Can I extend? Will I like the surrounding area?
Shop wisely. Hereâ€™s 7 questions to ask the builder when buying a new home.
- Can I extend?
When purchasing a house, you have to keep the future in mind. Sure, the space might be fine for now but if the family gets bigger, youâ€™ll need more room. Is this house adaptable? Youâ€™ll need to know if you can change one part of the house without affecting the other, for example if you want to add an extension onto the kitchen.
- How energy efficient is the home?
All homes being sold must hold a valid BER certificate.
When youâ€™re looking at homes, you need to bear in mind the building energy ratings. Â For example, think about renewable energy. If this home doesnâ€™t have any source, is it possible to add solar panels to the roof to generate electricity?
- Is there space on the roof?
Whether you want to add an extra bedroom, home office or man cave, youâ€™ll want to know if the attic can be converted. Also, keep in mind the stairs, because if youâ€™re converting the attic youâ€™ll want an extra flight that doesnâ€™t interfere with the existing ones.
- Can I see the plans?
Itâ€™s a good idea to ask to see the plans for the house. If you donâ€™t know how to read them, ask for a copy and bring them to an expert who does. A home is a big investment, itâ€™s important to know youâ€™re buying a good one.
- Has there been issues with other properties in the area?
Itâ€™s important to know the area where youâ€™re interested in buying. That means finding out if thereâ€™s any problems (past/present) in the area.
- Can the kitchen be changed?
The kitchen is the heart of the home. In most households, itâ€™s the most used room. Therefore, itâ€™s important that you like it! If youâ€™re not in love with the existing kitchen, make sure it can be changed without any problems.
- What way does the property face?
If you love the sun beaming through the window in the window, then best make sure your bedroom is facing south-east. To plan who gets what bedroom and which room will be the living room, itâ€™s important to know which way the property faces.
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