Buying a new home can be both an exciting and a daunting experience - it is easy to get lost in the chaos of it all and forget the little things. So, what are those basics
1. Location is key: You have probably heard agents repeat this line time and time again and that's because it's true. When buying a home, the area you decide to live in, is everything. Consider amenities, schools, places of worship and safety.
2. Buy a home that fulfils all your needs: Your home is your sanctuary, it's a place where you're going to spend most of your time, so you have to make sure that it ticks all your boxes. Do not choose a home that doesn't meet all your requirements
3. Identify the flaws early on: As mentioned above, it is essential to identify and address the flaws of the property from the very beginning, so there are no surprises later on. Also, see what homes in a street or suburb have recently sold for.
4. Be prepared for hidden costs: Hidden costs can be anything fromtransfer and conveyancing feesto deposits for lights and water. These all need to be paid, usually before you're able to move in, so they need to be taken into consideration.
What sets a good agent apart from a great agent is being able to communicate with you and ensuring that communication lines are kept open at all times - which is what you need when buying a home.