Things To Consider Before Buying A House

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  • Author Isabel Frank
  • Published November 21, 2011
  • Word count 689

Before buying a house, it is best to first examine it as well as the community where it located. You would not want to spend your money on something that you would regret buying. Spending your money wisely, especially on a house, is a must, when you have a family. No one wants to be stuck with a house that they regret buying.

The current owners of the house should be willing and able to answer any questions you may have bout the property. Find out what they liked and what they didn’t particularly like about living in their home and what the surrounding neighbourhood is like. Always ask why they are leaving in first place and take all answers with a pinch of salt.

Many people about to buy property will have a list of houses that fulfil the number of bedrooms they need and look nice from the outside. However, there some other basic things to consider.


One of the signs that a house is in good condition is cleanliness. It follows that a clean house is commonly a house that has been well taken care of over the years, however it is important to remember it is not the be all and end all. When trying to examine a house, try looking in the bathroom and check if the bowl, bathtub and showers are all clean. Once you are done checking the bathroom, check the kitchen. Make sure cleanliness is not just superficial and check properly. A second look around will often illuminate issues who did not pick up on the first time round.


Checking a house for any damage before buying it is important. Try checking the roof if there are any leaks. Even if those leaks are small, they should be given proper attention as these small leaks or cracks would grow in time. One very important thing to check is the wiring. See if all switches and sockets are working properly. Try to check if there are any peeled electrical wires in the house. These can be very dangerous, especially to children. Electric shock could result to death, depending on severity.

Surrounding area

Before buying a house or property, ask the local government regarding their neighbourhood’s security. You can ask the local police department if the neighbourhood has reports of robbery, gang wars or any other related issues. Look for a place that is peaceful and near the town centre and police department. Many people prefer to be as near to stores, schools and hospitals as they can and is certainly something you should consider; houses in the middle of nowhere can often be serene but troublesome when going anywhere else.


Space is very important. When choosing a house for your family, make sure that there is enough space for all your things and some extra space for things that you will be buying in the future. It would be best if you have enough room for your family and an extra bedroom for at least two guests. Remember that if you have a lot of stuff to bring a man and van outfit will unlikely be the best option for removals!

Outside advice

Most of the time, unless you’re a real estate practitioner yourself, you would not know many things you need to know when you want to buy a house. The industry can be quite convoluted and daunting for anyone not accustomed to how it works. A property expert/ real estate agent will be the best best in finding out whether a property is a steal or just a dud. It is important to find a real estate agent or realtor who can hold your hand so to speak during the process; friends will often be able to recommend someone trustworthy. The advice and guidance of a professional in the industry is often costly, but if they help you avoid a disaster property, they will prove their worth.

So in conclusion don’t go phoning up removal companies just this second and take the time to consider the basics before committing to buying a house.

Isabel Frank is a freelance writer who creates quality content for websites in various sectors. She specialises in articles giving advice related to moving home and removal companies and couriers to help with relocating.


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