What to Check Before Buying a Home at your Dream Place


Booking your accommodations for a long-term vacation can be catastrophic if you do not do enough research. You cannot just pick the first thing that comes up on search engines without researching the neighborhood, nearby shopping, local restaurants, transportation, entertainment options, etc. Those are few questions you’d need to ask before clicking on the book now option. After all, you’d want a place where you can definitely relax and enjoy yourself and not worry about a leaky roof when a downpour happens or a wasp nest on your window you’ve just discovered by accident.

Here are a few things you’d need to look into before you settle down at your dream travel destination:

Rushing is not an option. Give yourself enough time to look at places to rent or buy. This is your vacation place that you’re making the decision for, hence, you cannot afford not to take the time to thoroughly do your research.

It is your favorite vacation spot but you still need to check out the location. It might be cheaper to rent in the outskirt of the city but when you factor in travel time and accessibility, it might be cheaper in the end to rent or buy from the available homes for sale in the city. You also need to check out the area if there are shops or restaurants to visit, is there a hospital or clinic nearby is there police visibility?

Who are the people in your neighborhood? Consider checking out the neighborhood at night before signing the lease or deed. What might look like a quaint neighbor in the morning might just transform into a party place at night or worse. If you’re going to get a place in a building, check out who will be your downstairs and upstairs neighbor. You don’t want to wake up in the middle of your slumber because your neighbor happens to be nocturnal and loves playing the drums at 3 am.

Learn the art of negotiation. Depending on how at ease you are with the home buying process, a buyer’s agent can be a great help. Just do your research also so you know how much your agent should be helping, and don’t be afraid to push for more concessions, if needed.

Does the place feel that you could call it as home? You’re basically getting a place which you can call a home away from home. Somewhere you could go to when life is bringing you down and just need to unwind. That being said, it should be the best that you can afford and it should be worth the investment that you’d put in, don’t you agree?

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My name is John Bardos. My wife and I gave up our business, house and possessions in Japan to search for more meaning and fulfillment in our lives. We've discovered that a satisfying life is about rich experiences, quality relationships and meaningful contribution, NOT consumption.

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