When visiting a house to buy, it is crucial to consider various aspects of having a house: from financial through technical, to finally the practical ones.


1. Financial capacity
Prior to drawing the list of our expectations regarding the house, it is necessary to check our financial ability. To do so, it is obviously worth contacting a bank or a loan advisor who will examine our financial standing, salary and family situation to establish individual credit capacity.

Read also: How to finance a house? - This is how it works in Denmark

2. Does the house meet the needs and expectations of the family?
Make sure that the number of rooms and their living area meets the requirements of the family (especially if you think of a new family member). Check if the house has a garage with a driveway, utility room, laundry, attic and a garden. Think, if the house is suitable for pets you may want to have.

3. Heating system – energy-efficiency classes
The lower the class, the better. Pay attention to the type of heating systems: floor heating or traditional radiators, to the insulation system, and to the windows airtightness. It would be best to choose a house with a stable heating system.

4. Moisture
Control the house with regard to moisture. Check the basements, move the furniture off the walls to see the condition of walls in bathrooms and sleeping rooms. See to the ventilation of all rooms. This procedure if usually carried out by a specialist dealing with tilstandsrapport who uses a device intended for such procedures.

5. Overall technical condition
In Denmark, technical condition of a house is specified in two documents: tilstandsrapport i elinstallationsrapport. But, you may feel comfortable to ask your trusted person with construction and technical knowledge and experience to accompany you while visiting the property.

6. Fees and taxes
The expenses related with the purchase of a house can be divided into two kinds: one-time fees paid at the moment of the transaction and fixed, which are simply all costs connected with the use of the property.

7. The surroundings
The most common criteria used when selecting a house are the vicinity of workplace, school and kindergarten. It is worth, however, to pay attention to the neighbourhood, distance to the shops, restaurants, attractions for children and public transport. It is worth investigating into the degree of crime and ask for opinion on the school and kindergarten.It is good to visit the surrounding area several times and at different daytime to learn about possible disadvantages, such as noise.

8. What are the perspectives of selling the house in the future?
We don't usually think of selling the house at the moment of its purchase, but it is worth bearing in minds that our plans may be verified in the future and our house may appear to be attractive for other buyers. Every real estate agent will confirm that the best and the most common buyers are families with small children. The more attractive our house is, the better the chances to sell it quickly.

When taking the advice of an agent, it is also worth taking into account drawing a check-list with the issues to pay attention to. Download the list here.

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