Below we briefly explain the five most important steps to buying your Italian dream house. For each of these steps, Italian House Hunters will be at your side to provide personalized advice and expert recommendations.
1. Draw up an accurate budget
Whatever kind of property you are considering, it’s vital to know what you can and can’t afford. As purchasing a property anywhere involves much more than the actual house price, you have to take every expenditure into consideration. The experts of Italian House Hunters can sit with you to explain all the fees and taxes necessary.
2. Choose the right location
As estate agents will always tell you, when buying a property the three elements on top of your shopping list are location, location and location! You may be set on a particular region of Italy – such as Tuscany – and that’s fine. But one of the delights of Italy is that there are so many off-the-beaten track areas that are less known, just as beautiful, and more affordable. We can help you do your research to find the region that is the most suitable for you and your budget.
3. Decide what kind of house you want
Here you need to be fairly specific without drawing unnecessary boundaries or limiting yourself. You need a rough idea of the square meterage you require, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, size of garden, presence or not of a swimming pool. Is a south-facing aspect essential? What about easy access to shops or motorways? Together with Italian House Hunters you should make a checklist of the features in a property that you are looking for. We can provide you with a template to get started.
4. Make an initial selection
Once you have set some parameters regarding budget, location and type of property, Italian House Hunters can get to work to look for a properties that match your initial criteria. When you get our list of possible properties, along with descriptions and photographs, take time to study them carefully. You could even draw up a comparison table. Another suggestion is to draw up a list of questions regarding each property to ask the owner or estate agent. Again, we can supply you with a basic set of questions to start you off.
5. Head to Italy – and enjoy yourself!
Now that you are fully prepared, it’s time to visit the properties on your short list. Take your time! This is a critical phase that should not be rushed. You may want to visit some properties two or more times, maybe at different times of the day. But don’t pack too much into your schedule that you are rushed and exhausted. Enjoy yourself in Italy! And always remember, you won’t be alone: Italian House Hunters is right there alongside you to give you professional help, guidance and support.