I have discussed this on the blog before, we took on a mammoth house renovation over a year ago, extending up, out and total remodelling inside. Well a year later we are getting there and getting ever close to the home I imagined over a year ago when I sometimes doubted I could turn around the time warped 70s house we had just bought. The location and price were perfect, the house itself not so much. My husband who works in construction had a lot of coaxing to do to help me see his vision for what the house could become. I can finally report, we are getting there, the house we bought all those months ago I can happily say has turned into a home for our little family.
I was asked to get involved in a campaign with AIG who had produced a really helpful infographic which I have reproduced below. Buying a house is a major purchase, probably the biggest one we will make in our lives so its important to be well researched and well informed when contemplating such a major purchase. There are a myriad of resources out there so its important to find ones who you can trust, sites such as Homify can be invaluable for helpful tips and advice.
Having been through this twice, one of the best pieces of advice I can give is to do your homework, ask friends and family for recommendations for solicitors and surveyors. I can’t stress enough how important it is to get a comprehensive survey done on the property saves a nasty surprise after the event. Also example, did you know at the time of buying your first home that lenders require you and your partners to not only have life insurance but home insurance too? Research the area, consider schools, catchment area, distance from your work etc. Its a major purchase so take your time to consider your option.
Although buying your first home might seem like a complicated process, which can take months or even years to get in shape to apply for one, AIG Irelands this 16 step guide to buying a house in Ireland that takes you through the steps you will have to take to get through the process should give you a good sense of what you need to get the process under control and as smoothly as is possible.
It is no doubt a stressful time but its also the most wonderful feeling the day your pick up those keys. I will never forget our first night here – we had no working oven and ended up bbq-ing out the back for dinner (in October!!). Im sure the neighbours wondered who this crazy family were moving it!
One year on I can honestly, its all so worth it, the late nights painting, the weekends spent looking at furniture and kitchen and the one or two
arguments discussions along the way!!
Note: This is a collaborative post.