The latest statistics say that in Italy there are more than 40,000 real estate agencies, many of which are related to a franchise: change of home would seem to have become very easy, considering the high number of web portals and on pages within paper newspapers, in addition to the old custom of the posters to post signs, never disappeared. Still, the chances of not being able to find the investment property that suits you, or the house of your dreams, are still very high. To change houses without making mistakes, it is time to consider another figure, confined so far in the field of design that of the 3D architect. How can the architect help you move house? Let’s find out together.
Moving home: should you juggle only between private ads and real estate agencies?
With the crisis of the real estate market, many agencies involved in buying and selling homes have closed their doors; those that remain must face every day the competition of so-called “abusive” agencies, ie without valid qualifications to provide assistance. When you decide to move house, the resort seems to be the most natural thing, because it is able to filter and select the right property from a varied and well stocked archive of proposals, based on your needs. But beware: it is better to verify the results of the service by asking for references to those who have already used it, in order not to risk undergoing unprofessional and above all non-transparent behavior.
The second most common way to look for a new home is the sales announcement, published on the web or in a newspaper. In this case it is essential to consider the reliability of the announcement, even if accompanied by description and photographs: this entails the great inconvenience of having to go on site every time to check what is described, with a considerable loss of time and energy and a recurring one. Disappointment of expectations. It has certainly happened too many to accidentally spot a sign with the inscription “VENDESI” at the entrance of a condominium or on a window pane walking on the street, and being able to move house thanks to that sign. But the method is clearly unlikely and especially long to implement: it requires in fact numerous rounds of reconnaissance in the neighborhoods you like, hoping to find the right sign. To all these means to look for a home is added the last one: that of being helped by an architect.
Here’s how the architect can help you change your home
Intercepted the property through its network of professional relationships, the architect knows how to inform himself with competence of the qualities and defects of the house for sale: the mental attitude is always of a design type, so its first objective will be to schematically focus the pros and cons of the purchase from a technical and economic point of view, compared to your wishes and needs. It is therefore necessary an architect with experience of housing project.
Not a few people, when moving house, have difficulty in identifying bureaucratic problems: undamaged building abuses, wrong stacking, lack of habitability certificates, mortgages, are just some of the problems that lie behind a seemingly affordable property. The architect also lends his advice in this: as a professional technician has access to technical and legal information, so he will be able to find out if the house of your dreams actually enjoys all the requirements to be purchased. It is therefore necessary to verify that this is an architect enrolled in the Register of the Professional Order.
An injury in the supporting wall? A leveled floor? “Nothing serious” will answer the real estate agent anxious to present the product at best. But the architect can, through a simple visual relief, judge the degree of impairment of the load – bearing structures and evaluate the cost of the repair in principle. This affects not a little the decision to move house. The most suitable architect will have skills in building and construction techniques.
Are you changing house to invest your money, or to have more space, or, on the contrary, to live in a smaller and easily manageable house? Whatever the motivation that drives you, it is right to evaluate the potential of the property. Even if you are facing a ruin that seems irrecoverable, the architect has the ability to foreshadow the future transformation and to evaluate the maximum cost before the purchase. So you will judge objectively if it is precisely the house you want, without giving in to the persuasive speech of a simple seller. The architect that’s right for you, has the ability to make an impact on sight of problems, perhaps by helping with photographs.
Now you know: you are ready for an advice from the architect
The help phase that an architect can give you to move home is not a design, but stops at the simple technical advice: it provides for the identification of the property, one or two inspections, the creation of photos and a series of general indications to qualify the purchase or not of the house. What are you waiting for? The realization of your dream can start immediately, choosing the right architect to help you find a new home!