Most times when we move house, we move no more than an hour or so away. We are creatures of habit, and often stick to what we know, even when we make changes.
But, sometimes, we have no choice but to move further afield. Perhaps you’re jumping the gun and moving abroad. Or, it may be that you’re moving across the country for a new job.
Whatever the reason, you’ll soon find that house hunting across countries isn’t as easy as doing so close by. In fact, if you aren’t careful, this could become a real, and expensive challenge. It isn’t cheap to cover plane tickets or fuel costs. Before you know it, your house hunt will have cost a significant amount, leaving you with less to spend on your property.
Which is why we’re going to look at ways you can save yourself money on a search like this.
Make use of the internet
Not so long ago, the best chance of getting onto the market in any area was to head to local estate agents. As you can guess, house hunting across distances was even harder then. Now, though, we have a fantastic invention called the internet on side. Make sure to use it to your advantage. It’s possible to find real estate options for any destination online. All you have to do is take your time and find sites which offer the best variety. Online searching like this is fantastic at the best of times. It provides you the chance to specify houses on your search. And, when it comes to dealing with distance, this allows you to find homes without going anywhere.
Book all viewings for the same stay
There will come a time when you need to see houses in the flesh. Pictures can only do so much, after all. When this time comes, save yourself on travel by booking all your viewings for the same stay. This could mean getting them all done in one day or staying for two or three days. It may be best to book yourself into a cheap hotel and give yourself time to play with. This is also a fantastic excuse to get a feel for the local area and make sure it’s the place for you.
Take pictures and measurements
In a typical house hunt, it isn’t unusual to return to a property two or three times before making an offer. These subsequent viewings give you a chance to look past that all-important ‘gut feeling’ when you first love a property. This is when we take measurements and pictures, and imagine ourselves living there. But, this isn’t an option if you have to travel four hours or so to do it. Instead, you want to take care of this stuff the first time around. During that weekend of viewings, bring your camera and a tape measure. If you think a house is a contender, be sure to do the legwork so that you can refer to it later.