The important step of buying real estate is sometimes an obstacle course for the uninitiatedand when we start to look at the offers more closely, several questions arise: new or old? Purchase for two or alone? On plan or not? Here is the home buying checklist that you can follow and come up with the best results.

Market research

Is the price of the good you covet fair? Here is the question that every informed buyer should ask himself.To find out, you have to investigate the prices in the sector by consulting the real estate ads but also the real estate agencies of the district.You can also ask your notary or the chamber of notaries, who, as market observers, can provide you with statistics.

Profile of the property

  • When buying a house, you need to check the condition of the roof, the frame, the walls (to detect traces of any cracks), the ceilings and the floors.
  • Without forgetting to check the electrical installation, the plumbing, the boiler or even the chimney.
  • Do not forget to inquire about the existence of possible easements, for example, a right of way on your land.
  • That’s not all, take out your meters to measure the surface.
  • Indeed, the obligation to indicate the surface of the property is not compulsory for a house and the seller could indicate a more than approximate surface to you.

Good to know:

If you want to buy a recent individual house, check the existence of a damage-work insurance which will compensate you in the event of poor workmanship.

As in an apartment, you will not be able to check the solidity of the building, you will have to examine the common areas and find out about the work planned there.

It is always advisable to seek the advice of a building professional who will be able to detect any hidden defects or faults.

Last advice:

Whether for an apartment or a house in a subdivision, you must obtain the co-ownership and subdivision regulations which may impose more or less strict rules and which it is better to know before buying.

The environment of the property

Choosing real estate is also choosing your environment. Naturally, a good environment values ​​the good.The environment is the reputation of the neighborhood, for example, a quiet neighborhood, surrounded by greenery and non-noisy arteries.

Is it well served by public transport? Is it close to amenities (nurseries, schools, shops, etc.)?

The exposure of the accommodation is also a parameter to take into account (the north orientation is darker than the south orientation and therefore more difficult to heat).

Manage your neighborly relations

This is about administrative defects since hidden defects can be detected by the buyer, during his various visits, especially if he seeks the help of a building professional.The most frequent example is work undertaken by the former owner, such as a swimming pool or veranda, without a building permit or without prior declaration.