As I wrote some days ago you can research and visit houses and apartments directly by yourself, but this could be not so nice idea when you fall inlove for something that not only seems ancient but IS ancient.
Whn you go into a real estate agency, realtor do a lot of burocratic control before final signs that is good because discovering something before price is still negotiable...
|This is like my ideal house, surrounded by nature|
I can say that I saw a lot of people that a time that did all alone and the day after they moved into the houses started some problems, that a realtor genarally understands at first sight, with a long list of cost for repairs.
However sometimes could be really small problem like do piant, in this case I suggest to pain by yourself because painter are quiet expensive and true friends will help you,sure only if you ask- it is a happy and nasty moment at the same thime, however, please cover everything, so you'll not find paint on your favourite couch.
But there are other question that is essential dicover and discuss before sign every document. Realtor must to do several control so when you do an offer on a house/apartment he/she must control several thing like state of electricity sysstem, work to do near approved before the sale or if there are someone still not approved and so. Have you ever thought about how much could be those hidden cost?
Let me explain, a couple of month ago I had a problem with mine electricity, several phone calls later, finally espert came and looked for hours looking into this OLD system where was the problem, so I've asked how much could be cost to do a new electricity system...well their answer is been DEPENDS, from kind of work are you going to do however price is btween €3000 and €10000 and more.
If you bought a house and only after moved you understood that you must to pay a lot of money on repairs you could became a stressful person and start to hate that house that you loved at first sight, while realtor work is negotiate on price, so looking and understand this kind of problem could helps you to save money, askind discount on price (generally every price has a 20% that can be discussed), divide cost 50-50 but without realtor this is a mission almost impossible.
Is better know before if there are some possibilitieds to have hidden and expensive cost and this is always better dicover it before and discusse before than later.