Everyone buying a home would like to know that they are getting good value for money. Buying a property that is good value for money is not easy but is achievable for those who are astute and are willing to be patient and remove as much emotion from the decision as possible.
The first important mindset shift is that buyers must not confuse value with price. “Just because you were able to negotiate a reduction in the asking price does not make it a bargain. The price likely was inflated to begin with, because there are many incentives favouring higher listing prices,” says Renier Kriek, Managing Director of Sentinel Homes.
True bargains have some distinguishing characteristics to look out for.
Home seekers on the lookout for a bargain must remain alive to illegal construction. “The risk associated with illegal building work is almost always not worth the discount on the price,” says Kriek. If there are any doubts about the structural integrity of a building, call in the professionals to do an inspection. The benefit of a qualified home inspector, especially to inexperienced buyers, cannot be overstated. Since kitchens and bathrooms are the most expensive parts of any residential properties carefully consider the conditions of these two areas.
More sage advice from Kriek is to avoid bargains close to open public spaces. These areas tend to devalue property if they are not well maintained by local authorities.
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