Inspection

Only bother to inspect those properties that by and large meet your requirements and budget. An inspection is naturally the ideal situation to gather all the necessary information and then later, with the help of your checklist or your catalogue of requirements, evaluate it in more detail.

Ask probing questions

Ask the seller all those questions that are important to you. Pay close attention to how he reacts to critical aspects and whether he has a good sense of your requirements. Determine in advance whether the seller has already provided you with all important documents (extract from the land register, blueprints, sales documents, etc.) or if they are available at the latest during the inspection.

It would be a poor move and hasty if, during an inspection, you were to make any kind of written commitment much less sign any contracts. The actual transfer of ownership is handled by the notary and, in accordance with the law, is publicly recorded.

Check, of course, but be objective!

A good way to help your memory is to take photos on the spot with a camera or even your cell phone. Further, if you bring someone else along, you lessen the risk that you'll overlook important aspects or let yourself get carried away by your emotional side. Even if the kitchen or the view aren't spectacular, they aren't the only things that make for a good piece of property!

Multiple inspections

Recommendation: Visit the neighbourhood multiple times, and be sure to do so at different times of day and on different days of the week. Even if you can't inspect the house from the inside countless times, just by spending considerable time in the immediate vicinity you get a feeling for the location. In this way you can get some impressions about the sun's movement, noise or other emissions, the feel of the neighbourhood and what goes on there, etc.

The purchase contract is decisive​​​​​​​

Beware! If you're dealing strictly with a model unit in a condominium development, all details concerning the interior furnishings are purely for informational purposes only and are non-binding. Decisive is legally what is recorded in the purchase contract (or in the description of the property as part of the contract). Street noise and sunshine can possibly be quite different in the condominium of your choice than they are in the model unit which you previously inspected.

The purchase process