There’s something about the back to school month where you start to reevaluate everything. Whether its that you just need a new to-do list note pad to get yourself organised again or maybe you feel as though now is the time for you and your family to move? Maybe you just feel as though your current home is not big enough to house everyone. Either way, there are things that you can do to try and make sure that your new home is perfect for you, in terms of location, price and features.

buying a new build

Haggle

If you are buying your home before it has been completed, then why not try and haggle? The earlier you arrive at the development, the better deal you will get. The more choice you’ll get too. The amount of people who are interested in the development will also have a huge impact on the price, so keep this in mind if you can. Do your homework and make sure that you do your bit to compare prices with other similar developments. If you can do this, then you will soon find that it is easier than ever for you to seek the advice you need. When you have done this, make sure that you negotiate. No price is set in stone, so don’t be afraid to speak to a real estate developer before you come to the conclusion that you can’t afford it.

Look Past the Decoration

Before a development is completed, builders tend to use show homes as a selling tool. This is an indication of what you are going to be buying, so you have to make sure that you take this with a pinch of salt if you can. At the end of the day, your home will be a different plot. It may be on a different floor and in some instances, it will be in a different building. Keep in mind as well that the show home will have skeleton furniture. If you can’t see a built-in wardrobe, then a stand-alone wardrobe may take up even more room up. When you visualise the home, make sure that you do so with your own belongings.

Find out What Other Units have Sold for

You don’t want to be the only person on the block. You also don’t want to be surrounded by construction workers for the next year. If possible, you have to find out what the developments have sold for in the past. You also need to look at the owner-occupiers vs investors. You may find that you become the only permanent resident amongst transient tenants.

Warranty Scheme

It doesn’t matter whether you are buying off-plan or whether you are investing in a home that is already built because you have to make sure that your builder is part of a warranty scheme. A warranty scheme will give you a great deal of protection if your builder happens to go bust, even after you have paid the deposit. It’s vital that you make sure that this is the case because most of the time, your deposit will be 30% of the property value. This is the best way for you to make sure that your home is safe, along with your budget.