If you’re reading this article, the chances are you are searching for a home to buy and have been attending plenty of inspections across your week and weekends. It can get very tiring and after a while they all blend in together in your memory. Worst of all, the more you see the less you want to keep seeing, so you end up cutting corners and either end up just paying whatever it takes or settling on something you’re not 100% happy with.
We’ve all done it, we’re emotional beings and we have biases. We can walk into a home and fall in love straight away, and we can also walk into a home and walk straight out! It isn’t always easy to work out what it is that we’ve fallen in love with. Most of the time it is a gut feeling, but in reality there’s an objective reason why you have made your choice.
So you’ve found a place and fallen in love with it, but are you being blind to the faults you cannot yet see? Do you follow a consistent and methodical approach to each and every home you have visited?
airopens™ is a game-changer for property buyers by helping isolate the specific features and characteristics of a home that you like and dislike. It helps you objectively compare one property to the next and gives you meaningful analysis of why you like a particular property over another one. It can also help you identify a problem that you’ve overlooked and could save you the heartache of making a very expensive mistake.
By understanding a selling agents view on how to market and present a home for sale, our experts have pulled apart the smoke and mirrors and given you the “warts and all” perspective – so you can make a fully informed decision.
When you’re heading out to your next open home, here’s 5 top tips from the airopens™ experts for what to look out for:
- Have a sneak peek at the neighbours, are the properties in similar condition and design, and are they well maintained? If you overhear a neighbour coming through for a stickybeak, ask them what the area is like to live in.
- How far away are the shops, schools, transport and parks/playgrounds? Can you walk, is it safe to do so at night?
- How has the building aged? Is there evidence of decay on the external walls, bargeboards, eaves, and facade? Is the roof rusty or missing tiles or in need of some capping or re-pointing? These are little indicators of how well the property has been maintained over the years.
- Once you’re inside the house, is there much natural light flowing into the main rooms or is it dark and needs the lights on? Are the rooms big enough to fit your furniture and are there enough bedrooms to suit you now and in 5 years time?
- Get some external help. Call the council and see if there’s any planning applications nearby, and check the title plan for easements that may affect the land. If it ticks all the boxes, purchase a building and pest inspection to rule out any structural defects and infestation.
See you at the opens!