A Buyers Guide

Are you looking to purchase a property? Have you already purchased a home and are now waiting until you get keys and can move in? Have you signed contracts, celebrated the beginning of this next chapter but have no idea what happens next? Are you and your partner purchasing your first home together and combining two households? If any of these questions sound like you, this article is definitely worth a read.

Source of article: realestate.com.au 

First thing is first …

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Let’s assume you’ve already decided to take the leap into purchasing a property and all your finances etc are in order. Now it’s time to find your dream home. When we start our house hunting we have a picture perfect image in our head of the home of our dreams in the perfect location that ticks every single one of our many criteria. The reality is that finding that ‘perfect’ home isn’t always that easy and more often than not compromises need to be made. As a real estate agent, one of the things I see all the time is buyers end up purchasing a property completely opposite to what they originally described as their ‘dream home’. A helpful article on www.realestate.com.au by Adrian Ballantyne outlines a very useful House-Hunting-Checklist. Here’s a brief outline:

Communication & compromise

It seems simple, but if no one is willing to budge on certain details of their dream home, you’ll still be searching for a place to live when the rest of us are driving electric cars and having robots do our gardening…

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Relocate your perfect location

In the current property climate, getting everything you want from a house in the location you want it is an increasingly challenging proposition. Add in your partner or future housemate’s ideas on where the perfect place might be and you’ve got a one-way ticket to a giant real estate roadblock.

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After the Purchase Comes the Dreaded Packing …

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I’ll be the first to admit that packing and moving house is THE PITS!! But, it’s not all doom and gloom. Moving house is a great opportunity to declutter.

Here’s what Carly Jacobs at realestate.com.au has to say about decluttering when moving …

A common mistake people make when moving house is failing to declutter before they relocate.

Moving home is time consuming and it often seems easier to cart a box of useless items to your new house than it would be to sit down and take the time to sort it out. The problem with this mentality is that it perpetuates a cycle of hoarding. Moving house is the perfect to time to declutter and minimalise your life.

Here’s a list of the things you need to ditch before you move house.

Multiple items

If you’re cleaning up your home and you realise you own four identical cocktail shakers, ditch the excess. It can feel wasteful to get rid of things that are in good condition but if you never use them, or you’re unable to use more than one of the item at the same time, you need to cut down. Be ruthless. You don’t need five identical cake tins.

Anything you haven’t used in a year

If you can’t remember the last time you used an item, it shouldn’t come to the next house with you. This includes things like baking trays, kitchen appliances, bathroom gadgets and sporting equipment. If you haven’t used something in over a year, chances are you never will.

Image result for declutter your homeAnything you haven’t worn in a year

The year-long rule applies to clothing as well. If you’ve gone through an entire cycle of seasons and not worn an item in your cupboard, you should donate it to charity.

Non-functional furniture

If you have any random tables or chairs that have just been taking up room in a corner of your house, now is the time to sell or give them away.

Expired pantry items

When packing up your kitchen, it’s important to make sure that you’re only packing edible food. Check all of your packet pantry items, sauces, cans and bottles and throw away anything that is expired or past its best before date. There’s no point packing food items that you’re just going to throw away at the other end.

Redundant paper work

According to the Australian Taxation Department, you should keep the last seven years of your payment slips, bank statements and tax return documents. The rest can go, but if you’re too nervous to do that you can electronically scan them and keep them as digital copies instead.

Out of date magazines and newspapers

Anything that is broken

Your mending pile

DVDs, CDs, cassette tapes and video tapes

If you no longer have a VCR, tape deck, CD player or DVD player then you have no need for video tapes, cassette tapes, CDs and DVDs. If you have any important memories or occasions recorded, have a back up made of the recording and have it stored digitally on an external hard drive.

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What Does ‘Settlement’ Mean?

Another notable article I stumbled across this week was all about property settlement. What does it mean for a buyer and what a buyer should take not of. Read the article here

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