Buying a House – Part 4: Inspecting

Hi my lovelies! I am down with the flu at the moment – I think my body is telling me to relax.

I have been stuck in bed watching series (sounds like I am complaining but I am not!) but also I decided to tackle making pickled fish for the long weekend (I hope it is as amazing as it smells).

For Part 4 of the home buying series, I thought I wold discuss our tactic in finding a good area to settle in as well as what we looked for when viewing our home.

Getting to know your neighbourhood
We have been to our fair share of home viewings, but, one of the things Labeeq and I did when we signed an offer to purchase was drive by the house during different times of the day (during the week, day and night as well as over a weekend especially at night).

This gave us an insight into our neighbours, the area, what the schools were like as well as travelling between work and home.

Sounds kind of crazy (and a little bit stalklerish) but it really gives you an insight into the area you will be spending majority of your time (and probably a few years of your life).

Home Inspection
So when viewing the house – we had specific things we would look out for such as, how much light comes in, dampness (very very important in our books) checking the walls and ceilings for mildew and water stains as well as cracking.

One of the great things was having Labeeqs parents and grandparents (who work with heritage sites and construction – and know their way around a building) visit the house and check it out with professional eyes.

As a first time home buyer – it’s not to say that everyone is out to get your money and lie to you but, you probably don’t know what to look for and what questions to ask – this is why we chose to get a second and third opinion from people in our life who know exactly what to keep an eye out for.

Take someone with you who knows what to look for (electrical, plumbing and wood being of highest priority) and make sure that you read the offer to purchase carefully – here you will find what is included, what has been done to the property, what they will leave behind, etc.

Vision
Once we decided on the house, and the paperwork was underway – I began my Pinterest boards and research (links here and here). This gave us something we could look at and work towards (as I know, home renovations are not the cheapest or quickest projects).

Having vision boards helps to focus on the plan and work towards a goal.

There are still ideas that I need to change and move around but, it’s great to know that what we want can be done to the home we chose and love.

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Buying a House – Part 3: The cost of buying a house

Hello lovelies! I am typing this as I sit at our table in our new home! Alhamdulilah!

It has been a process and it has been a journey but, we finally have a place to call home (complete with a garden and amazing neighbours).

We have “settled in” so to speak… and by that I mean we have unpacked what we needed and shoved all the other boxes into the study – I just try not to look at it.

So this post is all about the cost of buying a house…

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Buying a House – Part 1: Should you buy a home?

Hello lovelies! I hope everyone is enjoying 2017 so far and that January is the start of a wonderful productive year (I know it’s been that way from my side at least!)

So 2017 has started off with a bang for Labeeq and myself as we are currently in the process of buying our first house (*happy dances to all the music*).

While this may not seem like much of a feat, being Millennials, aged 24 and 27, it’s a pretty big deal, not only in South Africa, but as a young Muslim couple as well.

A little background for you; we got married a year and 10 months ago and have since rented (for 7 months), stayed with my in-laws until we could find a smaller place of our own (3 months) and have since been renting (11 months).

While I don’t have a problem with renting, We both wanted a place to call our own, with walls we could paint, art we could hang and a little garden for Cinnamon to roam free (she’s been acting so weird – like a cat that’s never seen grass in her life, rolling about all over it O.o)

We found an almost home last year, but there was a huge problem with subdividing the property (D O N T go that route! Unless you have the time, money and strength.) It was a tedious, tiring and a pointless process – in the end we didn’t get the house and started from scratch.

We started looking at other areas, went to quite a few viewings but nothing was within our budget OR fit our requirements.

We were actually viewing another property when I saw the ‘For Sale’ sign outside our soon to be home.

Made contact with the agent and boom! Here we are today.

One of the most important questions to ask yourself is; should you buy a home? Are you ready?

We are in a place where we can afford to (financially) and we don’t have any dependents as yet, so the time for us was now.

Remember to sit down with your partner and make a decision that’s best for both of you (or you and the kids).

I told Labeeq that the next move we make has to be into our own home (I’ve moved 3 times since we got married!!!!) – This was our next step together and I am really happy to be doing this with the love of my life!

How are you finding the housing market in South Africa?

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