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6 things no one tells you about buying a house

Prepare yourself.

IF YOU’RE IN the market for a new house, no doubt you’ve done a lot of research and been given a lot of advice.

This is good. Excellent even. It’s a massive decision and a huge purchase, so you want to be as informed as possible.

There are certain things about buying a house that you never seem to learn in all your research. But don’t worry – we’ve rounded up six of the most important things no one tells you about buying a house.

You’re welcome.

1. There’s no such thing as the perfect house

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Well, there is, but you probably can’t afford it.

It’s ok, though. You can make whatever you can afford into your perfect abode with time. And you’ll forget all about that ‘perfect’ house you never wanted anyway.


2. You will find out what a dado rail is

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And an architrave. So many new words are going to enter your vocabulary in a very short space of time. And soon they’ll be tripping off your tongue baffling your own non-house owning friends in no time.

3. There are more shades of paint than grains of sand

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And you will become well-versed in all of them.

Grey or chai tea? Pink or buttered raspberry? Orange or sunrise? It’s all ahead of you – and you thought you’d done well finding out what a dovecote was.

4.  If someone offers you free furniture

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Take it. Take it all. No matter how ugly it is.

Chances are after paying solicitors, surveyors and all the other bits and bobs associated with owning your own house, you’ll have very little left over for any interior decorating.

Take that couch from your auntie’s husband’s cousin’s friend. You’ll be grateful in the long run.

5. Looking at interior magazines and expecting your house to look like that

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Is like reading Vogue and expecting to be a model.

Just saying.

By all means peruse Pinterest and all those other lovely home-maker type inspiration sites, and drool to your heart’s content, but just bear in mind these are styled by professionals, photographed by professionals, and lived in by… nobody.

6. You’ll turn into someone you never thought you would

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Someone who genuinely enjoys talking about property prices and home renovations.

You’ve done it. You’ve turned into one of your parents. And you’re ok with it. Mostly.

What have you found out in your quest for a new house? Let us know in the comments below.

If you’re thinking about buying a new house, make sure to check out KBC mortgages. Get the lowest monthly mortgage repayments over the term of your new mortgage with a KBC Current Account. Check out the mortgage calculator to see how much you could qualify for. KBC – your kind of mortgage.

To avail of the 0.2% extra discounted rate, you must mandate your salary and pay your new KBC mortgage by Direct Debit from your KBC Current Account. Offer excludes Buy to Lets. Lending criteria, terms and conditions apply. Security and Insurance are required. The maximum mortgage is 90% of the property value. 

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