From what it sounds like yours is a house, built but never lived in before. I'll base my remarks on that basis.
It can be considered a wise investment to use a company like SGS , they will look over the entire property, electrical, plumbing and what is a point of particular concern to you waterproofing.
Negotiate for a good price, allow for up to 20% off the initial quoted price to be the acceptable range, at least 10% in any case. Look around other properties in the area to get a feel and use that as reference and during negotiations of price.
itakitez wrote:We love our house still and are dead happy with it, but we paid 40,000 a ping, own the land and have expansion space, but leaving the city is a bit of a pain, some nights I just wanna meet up with mates for beers and stay until 2am, but thats not so practical
good luck with it, but like others have said, dont rush! houses should bottom out in oct/nov and mountain houses should be last to pick up anyway
do you need a car and if so, budget that in
do you have a garage included, it normally only adds 500,000 to the price, but more for your convenience (we dont have one and I really miss the "storage room") (renting one for us costs the same 1500 a month as if this was included in the mortgage (20*12*1500)
renovation costs they really arent cheap - much better to buy something that ou think has 90-110% of what you need and remove what you dont want
how big are the rooms? are they flexible? What can you persieve needing them for?
is there any built in storage? In humid environments you dont really want wardrobes against walls since the humidity condenses between the two - on that note, cheap wood "rots" very quickly and your new ikea bed will have white mold all over it, you need the real good quality stuff, preferably not pine and definitely not MDF/Laminates (water creeps between laminates and glue separates)
A/C - to deck our house out (60ping) we estimated over 200,000 NT
bathrooms, run the taps and pray water (or use a bucket on the floor) - where is the drain? in the wrong corner normally
building inspector can do the rest
a house is worth what someone will pay" - check out if it was built on a previous gravesite, murders in area or the like, these SLASH house prices quicker than freddy cruger, also since its so new, the first year is over so the building company no longer guarantees the work - ie, if the community area falls down its your problem, this reduces proies by about 10%
Be very careful with the villas, they are ALWAYS way over priced, my house originally sold for 10million and I paid about 33% of that 8 years later... thats some major negative equity on your books
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