I. Hidden Cost When Buying Property
There are numerous expenses associated in the buying process of a home. There are expenses or cost that you already expect and there some that you probably have not considered. To save you from any cost related surprises, I've created a list of things you may want to consider when setting out your budget for home buying.
1. Stamp Duty
Stamp Duty is a tax imposed to most home buyers, so you need to include it in your budget. You are required to pay this if you are dealing with properties including commercial, residential and retail.
Although, stamp duty on mortgages does not exist anymore, you need to pay the government when you register your mortgage. The amount you will pay depends on the state and territory you stay. If it is your first time to buy or build a home, you may qualify for some stamp duty concessions.
2. Pest Inspections
Getting pest inspection services before purchasing a property can help you avoid paying huge repair expenses in the future. Pest inspection can cost between $ 200 and $ 400, depending on the size of the property. Mention this to your legal rep if you want them to organize the inspection on your behalf.
3. Building Inspection
A building inspection is usually recommended by your solicitor or conveyancer. The result of the inspection will give you a complete idea about the state of the property you plan to purchase. Qualified building inspectors are skilled in spotting problems or issues that are usually overlooked such as structural defects, electrical or plumbing issues, asbestos, ventilation or damp problems and many other hidden problems.
4. Legal Cost
You may need to employ a solicitor / conveyance to manage all paperwork essential when buying a property. A conveyancer can help legally transfer ownership of the property you are selling or buying as well as help you determine if the seller is legally entitled to sell the property. If you decided to move to a strata property then your legal rep can arrange the inspection and data gathering. For these services, expect to pay between $ 800 and $ 1200.
Lenders Mortgage Insurance – This is an insurance policy that covers you, as a lender, for the amount of the loan provided to you. You will need to pay for this if you borrowed more than 80% of the property's purchase price. As a borrower, you pay this as a once off premium to cover risks of you defaulting on your loan. The cost will depend on the amount you borrowed and the cost of the property.
Mortgage Protection Insurance – You can choose to acquire this insurance policy if you want to be covered for mortgage repayments if ever you get ill or injured.
Content Insurance – You can choose to acquire this if you want to cover the included fixtures and fittings.
6. Moving costs
This is one of the most neglected costs when buying a home. The cost of hiring a truck is somewhere between $ 100 and $ 300. You can save money by asking a couple of friends or relatives to help out in the move rather than hiring and paying for movers. Give yourself enough time researching, checking and hiring a truck. Identify your budget and additional costs.
If manpower is a problem for you, you can hire a removalist. An independent removalist is cheaper compared to hiring a major removalist company as this one-man-operator may not charge for insurance cost. In the end, the cost will depend on the number of belongings you need to move.
7. Connection Of Utilities
Include in your budget the cost connecting your phone, electricity, gas and other essential utilities. Arrange early so you can determine how much you need to spend and when each utility needs to be paid.
If ever you do not have accounts with the utility companies, you can ask if they offer a bond to be paid. Each can cost a few hundred dollars and even without this bond, a connection fee applications to each utility amounting to $ 60 to $ 100.
Buying a home is among the biggest decisions you will ever encounter. It can be scary but the fear should not prevent you from acquiring your ideal home.
II. Hidden Cost When Selling Property
Although, you may already have expectations of the expenses associated with home selling, you may still be worried about other expenses you have overlooked. Here is a list of expenses you may want to consider to save yourself from unwanted surprises.
1. Building Inspection
As a seller, it is good to get the property you are selling inspected before accepting any visits. Most home buyers will get building inspectors to examine your property and it is good that you are able to spot any issues as well as do the necessary repairs on your property prior to visits from buyers and their inspectors. Get a qualified building inspector to spot issues such as structural defects, electrical or plumbing issues, asbestos, ventilation or damp problems and many other hidden problems.
Having a budget for repairs is vital for both sellers and buyers. If you are a seller, you should prioritize repairing parts in the house with high visual impact. Limit or avoid spending a lot of your budget on low impact items such as light switch change, painting, lounge dimmers, new carpeting etc. As a seller, it is important not to get carried away with repair expenses especially because some small repairs can easily turn into thousands of dollars. After repairing items with high visual impact, you can repair hidden structural defects, electrical or plumbing issues, asbestos, ventilation or damp problems, etc.
3. Real Estate Agent's Fees
If you plan to hire a real estate agent to help you in the home buying or selling process, then expect to pay the agent's commission cost. If you are a buyer dealing with a seller or the seller's agent, you do not have to worry about the commission fee as it is usually charged to the vendor.
If you plan to sell your home by yourself then you should set an a budget for marketing expense. The total selling costs may include expenses for internet and flyer advertisements, signboard, floor plan drawings, copywriting, photos, newspaper and magazine classifieds. The total expense can reach $ 5000 or more.
Styling is also an important expense to consider before selling your home. You can do it yourself or hire a professional to do it, either way; this can help enhance your home's selling price.
Set aside a budget needed to make your home look cleaner and spacious. Aside from money, you need to allocate time to sort through your things and throw or packed things that are not needed. You can choose to hire someone to do the packing, lifting, storing or throwing of the nonessential belongings for you.
You can also have a garage sale so you can free yourself from your unneeded marriages and make some money at the same time.
When selling your home, it all comes down to clear thinking and accurate calculations so the cost of selling does not consume a large portion of your hard-earned capital.