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Five years ago I bought my first home and I can safely say that I did everything wrong. To save others from making the same mistakes I have put together a guide of what not to do when buying a house.
- Decide that you will buy a house on a specific weekend. Yes, I did this – several viewings on the Saturday, two second viewings on the Sunday, offer on the Monday morning. Bad idea. The right house can and should take time to find.
- Pay exactly what the seller wants. Yup, no haggling, nothing.
- Don’t look at the fuse box/electrics. You may find the house needs re-wiring…
- Don’t try opening and closing all the doors in the house. It may be that they’ve been hung really badly and don’t actually close well.
- Presume that the garden is well maintained. Chances are that it’s been turfed to make it look all lovely, it will die quickly.
- Get a cheap survey. Seriously, just pay the money and get the top survey – it could save you money in the long run.
- Accept whatever the sellers says as the truth. They want to sell the house, of course the neighbour is lovely! Tourettes and a million cats?? Hells no.
- Don’t question why the seller knocks £2000 off the price when you’re on your first viewing. Seriously?? I didn’t think this stank of desperation?
- Ignore your gut feelings. If the layout of the house doesn’t quite do it for you, it’s not going to grow on you.
- Don’t look at the quality of the DIY in the house. Cheap and cheerful looks cheap and nasty after a few years.