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Special Considerations for Buying an Older House

Your residence is your castle and when you’re on the hunt, you want to find a place you’ll love coming home to. You also want a property that meets your criteria when it comes to price, location and features. Sometimes you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, but with some time, treasure and energy invested, an older house can fit the bill. Here are things to consider.

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Do Your Research

Whether you’re looking at a fixer-upper or a place that appears to be in great shape, it’s important to do your research. Older structures may have issues that are readily apparent such as a sagging roof, while others may require more inspection to detect foundation problems. A detailed, thorough home inspection should be a part of any purchase, but special care should be given for an older building.

Watch for Historic Structures

An older house that is deemed as a historic structure may be subject to special regulations when it comes to renovations. For example, you may not be able to add extensions to such a house. You might be restricted to restorations to the original architecture instead of making changes. If this is the case, make sure you have a clear idea of what you can and cannot do, and look for experienced providers of restoration and interior painting services Lititz PA for service and guidance.

Count the Costs

Often a fixer-upper comes at a lower price point than comparable homes that are in better shape. It’s important to run the numbers. What you save when purchasing may be lost when it’s time to pay for necessary repairs. The cost to make a place livable may be prohibitive when added to the listing price. Remember to consider that older buildings may also have significantly higher utility bills that cancel savings.

Finding the right place can be a challenge. Often, an older house may be the best option when it comes to must-haves. It’s important that you plan and investigate thoroughly to make sure that older home is the right move.

How to Prepare for the First Night in a New House

After you have settled all the paperwork at Halton Real Estate to get your keys, you are now ready to move into your new house. It is the most exciting feeling in the world after years of renting.

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However, do not let the arduous packing and unpacking of boxes dampen your spirit. It is not going to be easy. But let me share some tips to lighten up your burden and enjoy your first night in the new house.  

If you have moving experience, you are likely familiar with the checklist. But for those moving into the new house for the first time, this one’s for you.

Clothes

Do not put everything in moving boxes. Pack a day worth of clothes, undies, and sleepwear. It lessens the hassle of searching through the boxes looking for incompatible items.

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If you have young kids, you better pack a separate bag for them. Do not forget their favorite toys and jammies to make them comfortable for the night.

Food and Snacks Stash

Pack easy to prepare food, canned goods, and non-perishable snacks and place them in insulated containers. Prepare sandwiches ahead of time. You can do this the night before or in the morning. You do not have to inconvenience yourself by cooking when you are too tired the whole day.

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Carefully pack food, formula, vitamins, and snacks for your little ones.

Do not forget to bring bottled water as well.

Toiletries and Other Home Essentials

Next to your bag of clothes is an essential box for your toiletries. It contains your toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, soap, shampoo, conditioner, comb, lotion, mouthwash, and razor. Bring a towel for each family member.

Bring sheets and pillow for the beds. If the bedroom is not ready yet, a folding bed or foldable mattress will do for the night.

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Keep separate containers for kitchen utensils (paper plates, utensils, cups, can opener) and cleaning supplies like trash bags, laundry detergents.

Pack toys for the young ones and food for your pets if you have one.

First Aid Kit

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No matter how careful you are, minor accidents or bumps from lifting boxes or maneuvering furniture is unavoidable. Place your first aid kit within reach. Have some bandages and disinfectants. It would be a tiresome day, do not forget to include a pain reliever for head and muscle aches in your bag. Place them along with other medicines and vitamins that you are taking.  

Important Documents

This one should come in handy. Important documents such as birth certificates, Social Security cards, passports, checkbooks, life insurance, and employment records should be in separate folders within a file box.   

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Label all your bags, boxes, and luggage with markers so you can easily find them when you need to check on something.

Load the essentials last, so they come off first in the moving van. You can load them in your car if there’s space so it won’t mix with other big boxes.

Your handheld bag can easily fit in phone chargers, pen and paper, markers, and cash.

Enjoy the Night

Moving is so stressful and tiresome. Why not enjoy the night with your loved ones and celebrate.  

It is your time to relax and recharge. Forget about the boxes scattered everywhere in the meantime. Let the unpacking starts the next day.

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Have some food delivered to your house or eat out. Prepare your favorite drinks to share with everyone. If you do not have cable yet, play a game with your family.

Enjoy me-time by reading books.

If you are adventurous enough, go for a walk in the neighborhood to familiarize yourself with the area. Maybe you can meet and introduce yourself to new neighbors.

After unloading your necessities and settled in, it is time to enjoy your new house. Cheers!

A Permanent Home Structure with Rooftop in Mind

Our 24-year old bungalow house has weathered numerous typhoons and some unintended distractions (house repairs by neighbors) over the years. Repairs here and there made it livable up to this time. We have plans to build a more sustainable home, comfortable enough for a family of four and a pet dog in the future, but a good kind of problem is holding us back. Our children’s education is always a priority, so any amount left after paying the monthly bills goes to the college fund.

My daughter’s rendition of our future house. Front view.

In 2019, we were left with one student to support and were discussing the possibility of saving up for our permanent home structure until Covid19 happens. We were so excited about the idea that finally, we can start building our financial plan using a mortgage calculator to help us plot the expenses once we get our (future) Pag-Ibig housing loan approved. As for the loan payment, we plan to use Pag-ibig’s housing loan affordability calculator. Sadly, all that loan and mortgage discussions are set aside for the meantime.

Second-floor plan.

Work from Home

We don’t know for sure how long this pandemic will force most people to work from home. In our case, our graphic designer daughter works from home since last year. With the future house plan, the lady will have ample space to accommodate all her gadgets and design equipment. Even if she transitions back to the office, the room will remain as her working area at home. Our son, who is still studying, also needs extra space in his bedroom to do his school work.

The good thing about working from home is that our daughter was able to save her paycheck. We also keep the allowance intended for our son. He is attending online classes so, we don’t worry about transportation and meal allowances.

Effect of Pandemic in Real Estate

Covid19 has disrupted the construction of condominiums and business buildings last year. The hardest affected were buyers, who are mostly, Overseas Filipino Workers. They have already paid for their units in advance but were dismayed to find out the construction has stopped. This issue between concerned developers and buyers has yet to be solved.

The non-payment of the mortgage had caused an increase in the number of property foreclosures since last year. Some property owners sold their residential or condominium units to start their businesses. Real estate websites such as Lamudi showed 593 foreclosed properties up for sale in Quezon City.

If you are keen enough to check on the foreclosed list, you may discover a house at an insanely low price. A business-minded person will consider this an opportunity to try to dabble in buy and sell.  

Resiliency

Ironically, some areas are depicting a different atmosphere despite the pandemic. In our neighborhood alone, several household owners are into repairing, beautifying their houses, building flower beds, and carports. The food business is likewise thriving in our area. One would think it’s a “usual” market day if not for the facemask-wearing customers queuing for their orders. Resiliency perhaps is one of the “good things” these uncertain times have given us.

Carry on

Covid19 has affected everyone but, life continues to move forward. A year after the lockdown, we have yet to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Perhaps, we can safely move when the (Covid19) vaccine rollout reaches its intended beneficiaries. By then, we have achieved herd immunity.

Meantime, our dream house will have to wait until the pandemic is over and our youngest graduated from college. We will diligently work until we reach our goal.